cat·a·pult /ˈkætəˌpʌlt, ˌpʊlt/
1. Mil. Antiq. An engine somewhat resembling a massive crossbow, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for throwing stones, arrows, spears, etc.
2. A forked stick with elastic band for throwing small stones, etc.
n 1: a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic
between the arms; used to propel small stones [syn: slingshot,
2: a device that launches aircraft from a warship [syn: launcher]
3: medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine
for hurling large stones and other missiles [syn: arbalest,
arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager,
v 1: shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult; "the enemy
catapulted rocks towards the fort"
2: hurl as if with a sling [syn: sling]