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Yet each man kills the thing he loves from all let this be heard some does it with a bitter look some with a flattering word the coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword.Oscar Wilde
Third person singular
- (transitive) To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
- (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce.
- (A date for this quote is being sought): Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds. - Spenser
- (transitive) To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
- (A date for this quote is being sought): With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship, And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep. - Pope
- (transitive) To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.
- launch a son in the world
- launch a business project or enterprise.
- (A date for this quote is being sought): All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery in England. - Eikon Basilike
- (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the stocks into the water; to plunge; to make a beginning; as, to launch into the current of a stream; to launch into an argument or discussion; to launch into lavish expenditures.
- 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 23:
- My class was wearing butter-yellow pique dresses, and Momma launched out on mine. She smocked the yoke into tiny crisscrossing puckers, then shirred the rest of the bodice.
throw, hurl, let fly
cause to move or slide from the land into the water
send out; start on a career; set going; give a start to; put in operation
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- The act of launching.
- The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built. (Compare splash a ship.)
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The boat of the largest size belonging to a ship of war.
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An open boat of any size powered by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)
act of launching
movement of a vessel from land into the water
boat of the largest size belonging to a ship of war
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