launch·​er | \ ˈlȯn-chər How to pronounce launcher (audio) , ˈlän- \

Definition of launcher

: one that launches: such as
a : a device for firing grenades
b : a device for launching a missile

Examples of launcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Landspace and iSpace are reporting progress with methane rocket engines, while Galactic Energy is moving closer to launch of its Ceres-1 launcher. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Brazil opens equatorial launch site, Kerbal launch slips," 12 June 2020 After the launcher is fired, officers are supposed to notify a supervisor. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Texas police deployed less-lethal ammunition to control protests. Now policymakers want to ban the weapons.," 9 June 2020 In its last weapons test, on March 9, North Korea fired various types of multiple-rocket launchers as part of a live-fire winter military drill overseen by Mr. Kim. New York Times, "North Korea Fires Short-Range Ballistic Missiles, South Says," 20 Mar. 2020 Satellite photos show China is increasing the number of launchers for DF-41 and DF-31 missiles from 18 to as many as 36, Boyd said. Joe Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Military parade will be rare look at China’s arms, ambitions," 29 Sep. 2019 The Konorak, a logistical vessel armed with a 20mm-caliber cannon and anti-ship cruise missile launchers, was damaged at night, according official and semi-official media. Tamara Qiblawi, Mostafa Salem And Ramin Mostaghim, CNN, "Iran naval exercise accident kills 19 sailors," 11 May 2020 The roughly dozen protesters -- including one carrying an AT4 rocket launcher on his back -- headed out on the first day of North Carolina’s Phase 1 plan to reopen the state. Fox News, "Armed anti-lockdown demonstrators seen ordering at Subway restaurant in North Carolina," 11 May 2020 China is readying its large Long March 5B launcher Wednesday for a mission to prove space station launch capabilities and test a new spacecraft for deep space human spaceflight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Starship set for static fire test, meet “The Dorado” booster," 1 May 2020 More than just another random launcher, GOG hoped to integrate all your libraries into one interface. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Henry Cavill reads a Witcher bedtime story, 2K confirms a new BioShock," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of launcher

1911, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2020

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“Launcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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