Part of speech: verb

To slide into the water, as a boat; start; set out; throw, as a dart.

Part of speech: noun

The act of launching; a large open boat generally propelled by steam, electricity, or naphtha.

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Usage examples "launch":

  1. Now he must launch out again and paddle, perhaps all night, in search of his missing chief. - "For the Allinson Honor", Harold Bindloss.
  2. That's how I happen to know something about an engine; and I have been on board of all sorts of steamers with Paul, for the purpose of studying the engines, from a launch up to the biggest ocean- steamers. - "Taken by the Enemy", Oliver Optic.
  3. Everything was put into the boat, and all through the night they stood watch, half- and- half, ready to launch her at a moment's notice. - "True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World", Adolphus W. Greely.