|—vb (foll by into) (usually foll by out) (usually foll by out)|
|1.||to move (a vessel) into the water|
|2.||to move (a newly built vessel) into the water for the first time|
|a. to start off or set in motion: to launch a scheme|
|b. to put (a new product) on the market|
|4.||(tr) to propel with force|
|5.||to involve (oneself) totally and enthusiastically: to launch oneself into work|
|6.||(tr) to set (a missile, spacecraft, etc) into motion|
|7.||(tr) to catapult (an aircraft), as from the deck of an aircraft carrier|
|8.||to start talking or writing (about): he launched into a story|
|9.||to start (out) on a fresh course|
|10.||informal to spend a lot of money|
|11.||an act or instance of launching|
|[C14: from Anglo-French lancher, from Late Latin lanceāre to use a lance, hence, to set in motion. See |
largest of a ship's boats, at one time sloop-rigged and often armed, such as those used in the Mediterranean Sea during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although present-day launches can travel under sail or by oar, most are power-driven. Because of their weight, they are seldom used by merchant ships but are often deployed as armed craft from warships. Launches are capable of carrying large numbers of men and are also useful for transporting anchors, cannons, and other heavy objects.
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