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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAUNCH

The strange brig had hauled up for us even before we got out the launch.

Not enough of her could be found, of which to build a launch.

Launch your arrows at me, sir, if you'll have the goodness; not at Him!'

Then came the report of an attempt to launch an airplane from the roof of Berlin.

Thou hast often heard me launch out in praise of her complexion.

Since eight in the morning he'd been in a launch exploring it all.

The four boats were in a line abreast, the launch under one sail only.

"But we have a boat," glancing his eye towards the launch that stood in the chocks or chucks.

Throw these spare sails on the roof of the launch, Saunders.

Most of the next hour was passed in prayer by those in the launch.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to rush, plunge, leap, start forth; to be set into sudden motion," from Old North French lancher (Old French lancier) "to fling, hurl, throw, cast," from Late Latin lanceare "wield a lance," from Latin lancea "light spear" (see lance). Sense of "set (a boat) afloat" first recorded c.1400, from notion of throwing it out on the water; generalized by 1600 to any sort of beginning. The noun meaning "a leap or a bound" is from mid-15c., from the verb. Meaning "the liftoff of a missile, spacecraft, etc." is from 1935. Launch pad attested from 1960.

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