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

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With a flight simulator and rocket launchers, the interactive Powerhouse Science Center is housed in a building that was home to one of the earliest alternating electrical current (AC) power plants. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019 Amid the mayhem, Withers, putting himself at considerable risk, snapped photos of police raiding protesters’ church headquarters with tear-gas launchers, providing proof of what the police had denied. Clifford Thompson, WSJ, "‘A Spy in Canaan’ and ‘Bluff City’ Review: Reporter and Informer," 22 Feb. 2019 Unless the ships were renovated with new launchers, boosting their refurbishment cost, the largest weapon on the ship would be the 76-millimeter rapid-fire gun. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Won’t Bring Back Mothballed Ships to Boost the Fleet," 21 Feb. 2019 The cartel once shot down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket launcher. Fox News, "US, Mexico announce new strategies to fight drug cartels," 15 Aug. 2018 After Norman and Bertz shot him, a third officer shot Harris with an ARWEN 37, a launcher that fires non-lethal rounds, because Harris was reaching for his weapon while on the ground, the report says. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Family of man killed by Phoenix police seeks $6M from the city," 27 June 2019 There was a short, strong woman with a round face, called Havin, who carried an RPG launcher. Azad Cudi, Harper's magazine, "Long Shot," 10 Jan. 2019 There are also four smoke grenade launchers mounted at the front on each side of the turret and at the rear there are two more. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Formidable 'Jaguar' recon vehicle revealed, touts powerful cannon and anti-tank missiles," 18 June 2018 Filin can also allegedly suppress military electronics that operate in the optical spectrum, including infrared laser rangefinders, night-vision goggles, and anti-tank missile launchers at ranges of up to five kilometers (3.1 miles). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Russian Navy Is Fitting Ships with Barf-Inducing Lights," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of launcher

1911, in the meaning defined above

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