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 Mark 41 launcher is armored and designed to work even after the ship suffers damage in combat, a factor that almost certainly limited the damage in this incident. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A German Warship Was Scorched By Its Own Missile," 27 June 2018 The collision took place amid the Phillie Phanatic’s hot-dog launch, in which the team’s longtime green and furry mascot uses what resembles a rocket launcher to propel wieners into the stands between innings. Randy Maniloff, WSJ, "Flying Hot Dogs Make Bad Law," 26 June 2018 Mr Hemon details how his compatriot was beaten almost to death in prison, used as a human shield by Serb fighters and blown up by a Bosnian rocket-launcher. The Economist, "Ghosts of the road, spectres at the feast," 28 Mar. 2018 Yet many of the insurgents carried assault rifles and rocket launchers, and some had their faces covered with scarves. Washington Post, "Taliban leaders reject Afghan government’s proposed cease-fire extension," 18 June 2018 The Arihants carry up to 12 K-15 missiles in four launchers, each armed with one warhead with a range of 466 miles or four K-4 missiles with a range of 2,174 miles. Dimitrios Mitsopoulos, Popular Mechanics, "All the Nuclear Missile Submarines in the World in One Chart," 8 June 2018 Some of them are seeking to develop suborbital launchers like this, and the Base 11 prize seems likely to spur those activities further. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: NASA chief sort of endorses SLS; Russia woes; Virgin Orbit," 8 June 2018 Some built Android launchers like Siempo, which offers a distraction-free home screen; and Luna, which redesigns the interface with kids in mind. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Apple's Restrictions Aren't Helping Tech Addiction," 3 June 2018 The cartel brazenly shot down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket launcher in 2015, prompting Mexican officials to declare an all-out offensive against the criminal group. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Mexican authorities arrest wife of drug kingpin," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of launcher

1911, in the meaning defined above

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