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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Launch v. i. [imp. & p. p. Launched p. pr. & vb. n. Launching.]  [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.