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 The best rocket launcher out of all these here, especially the adept NF version. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 3 July 2022 In early August, if things stay on schedule, the launcher will be moved to an airlock. al, 15 July 2022 These included tanks and ballistic missile systems, such as the BUK surface-to-air missile launcher that infamously shot down the MH17 passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. Thomas Mutch, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2022 Of course, Sarah ran out of shells at the worst possible moment, but Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 had her covered with his grenade launcher. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 July 2022 The test didn’t go 100% smoothly, with a new hydrogen leak detected on an umbilical running from the mobile launcher to the core stage. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 23 June 2022 The decision to stop the test came after controllers could not open a vent valve on the mobile launcher required to start loading liquid hydrogen into the rocket's core stage, Space News reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 8 Apr. 2022 In one vacant lot, Post journalists spotted a truck carrying a multiple Grad rocket launcher. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2022 The integrated stack, which sits on a mobile launcher, will begin its slow-moving crawl into launch position Thursday afternoon, with live coverage available on NASA's website beginning at 5 p.m. ET. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of launcher

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of launcher was in 1911

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1 Aug 2022

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“Launcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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