EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAUNCHED
Then they launched the ship's boat, in which Bates had come to the island, and put out to sea.
When K. did not reply at once, he launched into an explanation.
He hesitated a moment, then launched a heavy fist at Kirkwood's face.
A ship of promise should be—not launched—that was weeks away.
We silently, perhaps a little fearfully, launched the empty canoe.
Then I launched out into the world of fashion—and that, too, soon palled upon me.
Their value was not great, for the Fugi had been launched as far back as 1896.
She had been built in England as had the Asahi and Shikishima, which were launched in 1900 and 1901.
At each new discovery she launched into endless suppositions.
Then, on Mathieu speaking to him of Blaise, he launched out into protestations of friendship.
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.