It's not impossible to launch a new company or industry even in a recession.
The soldiers, suicide bombers, and heavy weapons parading through Sadr City last month—that was the launch of the Peace Brigades.
Not so this year, as the prolonged renegotiation has pushed Mad Men out of its usual summer perch to a March 2012 launch date.
Slingshots are used to launch birds to destroy pigs and their fortresses, not to shoot down the birds.
The singer celebrates the launch of her first major fashion venture with a seven-look retrospective of her most famous outfits.
He dropped Scotty at the landing, then turned the launch back to Spindrift.
Not enough of her could be found, of which to build a launch.
He cut the steam off just a little till the launch slowed down, and till the Ashantis on the bank began to overhaul her.
Thou hast often heard me launch out in praise of her complexion.
With a sea as flat as this is to-night you could make the run in the launch in twelve hours.
c.1300, "to rush, plunge, leap, start forth; to be set into sudden motion," from Old North French lancher (Old French lancier) "to fling, hurl, throw, cast," from Late Latin lanceare "wield a lance," from Latin lancea "light spear" (see lance). Sense of "set (a boat) afloat" first recorded c.1400, from notion of throwing it out on the water; generalized by 1600 to any sort of beginning. The noun meaning "a leap or a bound" is from mid-15c., from the verb. Meaning "the liftoff of a missile, spacecraft, etc." is from 1935. Launch pad attested from 1960.
"large boat carried on a warship," 1690s, from Portuguese lancha "barge, launch," apparently from Malay lancharan, from lanchar "quick, agile;" English spelling influenced by launch (v.).