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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
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From Old English launchen (to throw as a lance), Old French lanchier, another form of lancier, French lancer, from lance.



to launch

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to launch (third-person singular simple present launch, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce.
  3. (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
  4. (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
  5. (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.
    • (A date for this quote is being sought): Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. - Luke 5:4
      (A date for this quote is being sought): He [Spenser] launches out into very flowery paths. - Prior
    • 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.


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launch (es)
  1. The act of launching.
  2. 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.)
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The boat of the largest size belonging to a ship of war.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An open boat of any size powered by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)

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