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launch1

[lawnch, lahnch] /lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to set (a boat or ship) in the water.
2.
to float (a newly constructed boat or ship) usually by allowing to slide down inclined ways into the water.
3.
to send forth, catapult, or release, as a self-propelled vehicle or weapon:
Rockets were launched midway in the battle. The submarine launched its torpedoes and dived rapidly.
4.
to start (a person) on a course, career, etc.
5.
to set going; initiate:
to launch a scheme.
6.
to throw; hurl:
to launch a spear.
7.
to start (a new venture) or promote (a new product):
They launched a new breakfast cereal.
8.
Computers. to start (a software program).
verb (used without object)
9.
to burst out or plunge boldly or directly into action, speech, etc.
10.
to start out or forth; push out or put forth on the water.
noun
11.
the act of launching.
Origin
late Middle English
1300-1350
1300-50; late Middle English launche < Anglo-French lancher < Late Latin lanceāre to wield a lance; see lance1
Related forms
launchable, adjective
unlaunched, adjective
well-launched, adjective
Synonyms
5. inaugurate, institute.
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British Dictionary definitions for well-launched

launch1

/lɔːntʃ/
verb
1.
to move (a vessel) into the water
2.
to move (a newly built vessel) into the water for the first time
3.
(transitive)
  1. to start off or set in motion: to launch a scheme
  2. to put (a new product) on the market
4.
(transitive) to propel with force
5.
to involve (oneself) totally and enthusiastically: to launch oneself into work
6.
(transitive) to set (a missile, spacecraft, etc) into motion
7.
(transitive) to catapult (an aircraft), as from the deck of an aircraft carrier
8.
(intransitive) foll by into. to start talking or writing (about): he launched into a story
9.
(intransitive) usually foll by out. to start (out) on a fresh course
10.
(informal) (intransitive) usually foll by out. to spend a lot of money
noun
11.
an act or instance of launching
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French lancher, from Late Latin lanceāre to use a lance, hence, to set in motion. See lance

launch2

/lɔːntʃ/
noun
1.
a motor driven boat used chiefly as a transport boat
2.
the largest of the boats of a man-of-war
Word Origin
C17: via Spanish lancha and Portuguese from Malay lancharan boat, from lanchar speed
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Word Origin and History for well-launched

launch

v.

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.

n.

"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.).

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Encyclopedia Article for well-launched

launch

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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