What does the word catapult mean?

Usage examples for catapult

  1. Suddenly Deering was propelled from the mass as if by a catapult. – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  2. Armed with an old shoe, he had concealed himself in the shrubbery, and as the carriage drove by he aimed this at Galbraith with a precision acquired by long practice with the catapult. – A Galahad of the Creeks; The Widow Lamport by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
  3. He usually managed to fly just over the head of each bird, and as he came like a catapult, every one flew before him, so that in a minute the room was full of birds flying madly about, trying to get out of his way. – Good Stories For Great Holidays Arranged for Story-Telling and Reading Aloud and for the Children's Own Reading by Frances Jenkins Olcott