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.
n 1: the act of moving a newly-built vessel into the water for
the first time
2: the act of beginning something new; "they looked forward to
the debut of their new product line" [syn: introduction,
debut, first appearance, unveiling, entry]
3: the act of propelling with force [syn: launch]