launcher

noun
launch·​er | \ˈlȯn-chər, ˈlän-\

Definition of launcher 

: one that launches: such as

a : a device for firing grenades

b : a device for launching a missile

c : launch vehicle

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The transporter and mobile launcher have rolled out together before, back in 2011, reports NASASpaceFlight.com. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Chinese tourism, launch by centrifuge, SLS the “right” rocket," 22 June 2018 Missiles The right side of the turret is fitted with two launchers for MBDA MMPs (Missile Moyenne Portée) – that’s medium range missiles in English. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Formidable 'Jaguar' recon vehicle revealed, touts powerful cannon and anti-tank missiles," 18 June 2018 North Korea does have thousands of rocket launchers and artillery positioned toward South Korea. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 Mantis could potentially also be mounted with some models of drone launchers. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "New futuristic Israeli 'dune-buggy' is bristling with weapons, ready for combat," 22 June 2018 The initial discovery of their disappearance was made by ImageSat International (ISI) in early June, who provided images showing bare sand where previously there had been a large number of missile launchers. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Chinese missile launchers reappear on disputed South China Sea island," 11 June 2018 The videos that circulated also showed the use of rocket launchers in the assault. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "‘The order is to kill you,’ Venezuelan soldiers reportedly told rebel cop before firing," 16 Jan. 2018 The Poseidon can track ships and submarines across vast areas of ocean, deploying missiles, depth charges and torpedoes from a rotary launcher to sink them if necessary. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "New Zealand Buys Boeing Surveillance Jets to Counter Chinese Buildup," 9 July 2018 As the Diplomat noted on June 30, North Korea continues to make equipment and launchers for one of its newer, medium-range missiles. Alex Ward, Vox, "Let’s just say it looks like North Korea is lying about giving up its nukes.," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of launcher

1911, in the meaning defined above

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