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English Dictionary: launch by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
launch
n
  1. a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
  2. the act of propelling with force
    Synonym(s): launching, launch
v
  1. set up or found; "She set up a literacy program" [syn: establish, set up, found, launch]
    Antonym(s): abolish, get rid of
  2. propel with force; "launch the space shuttle"; "Launch a ship"
  3. launch for the first time; launch on a maiden voyage; "launch a ship"
  4. begin with vigor; "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"
    Synonym(s): plunge, launch
  5. get going; give impetus to; "launch a career"; "Her actions set in motion a complicated judicial process"
    Synonym(s): launch, set in motion
  6. smoothen the surface of; "launch plaster"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Launch \Launch\, v. i.
      To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the
      stocks into the water; to plunge; to make a beginning; as, to
      launch into the current of a stream; to launch into an
      argument or discussion; to launch into lavish expenditures;
      -- often with out.
  
               Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a
               draught.                                                --Luke v. 4.
  
               He [Spenser] launches out into very flowery paths.
                                                                              --Prior.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Launch \Launch\, n.
      1. The act of launching.
  
      2. The movement of a vessel from land into the water;
            especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which
            it is built.
  
      3. [Cf. Sp. lancha.] (Naut.) The boat of the largest size
            belonging to a ship of war; also, an open boat of any size
            driven by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like.
  
      {Launching ways}. (Naut.) See {Way}, n. (Naut.).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Launch \Launch\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Launched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Launching}.] [OE. launchen to throw as a lance, OF.
      lanchier, another form of lancier, F. lancer, fr. lance
      lance. See {Lance}.] [Written also {lanch}.]
      1. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
  
      2. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce. [Obs.]
  
                     Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds.
                                                                              --Spenser.
  
      3. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to
            set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
  
                     With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship, And
                     rolled on levers, launched her in the deep. --Pope.
  
      4. To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to
            give a start to (something); to put in operation; as, to
            launch a son in the world; to launch a business project or
            enterprise.
  
                     All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch
                     presbytery in England.                        --Eikon
                                                                              Basilike.
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