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catapult Explained

catapult at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


catapult at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1577, from L. catapulta "war machine for throwing," from Gk. katapeltes, from kata "against" + base of pallein "to toss, hurl." The verb is first recorded 1848. ///

catapult at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1500-1600; Language: Latin; Origin: catapulta, from Greek katapaltes, from kata- ( CATACLYSM) + pallein 'to throw strongly']//
1 a large weapon used in former times to throw heavy stones, iron balls etc:
2 BrE a small stick in the shape of a Y with a thin rubber band fastened over the two ends, used by children to throw stones: American Equivalent: slingshot//
3 a piece of equipment used to send an aircraft into the air from a ship:
catapult 2 v
1 [T always + adverb/preposition] to push or throw something very hard so that it moves through the air very quickly: --Sam was catapulted into the air by the force of the blast.//
2 catapult sb to fame/stardom etc: to suddenly make someone very famous// --A remarkable series of events catapulted her into the limelight.//

catapult at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Mechanism for forcefully propelling stones, spears, or other projectiles, in use since ancient times. Nearly all catapults employed in ancient and medieval artillery operated by a sudden release of tension on wooden beams or twisted cords of horsehair, gut, sinew, or other fibers. An exception was the medieval trebuchet, powered by a counterweight. Modern mechanisms using steam, hydraulic pressure, tension, or other force to launch gliders, aircraft, or missiles are also called catapults.

catapult at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

44 Moby Thesaurus words for "catapult":
arbalest, ballista, booster rocket, bowl, cast, chuck, chunk, dart,
dash, fire, fling, flip, fork, ground loop, heave, hopoff, hurl,
hurtle, jerk, lance, launch, let fly, lob, pass, peg, pelt, pitch,
pitchfork, put, put the shot, rotation, serve, shy, sling,
slingshot, snap, takeoff, throw, throw stick, throwing-stick, tilt,
toss, trebuchet, wommera

catapult at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
1 (BrE) (AmE slingshot) a stick shaped like a Y with a rubber band attached to it, used by children for shooting stones
2 a weapon used in the past to throw heavy stones
3 a machine used for sending planes up into the air from a ship
verb [+adv./prep.] to throw sb/sth or be thrown suddenly and violently through the air:
[VN] She was catapulted out of the car as it hit the wall. * (figurative) The movie catapulted him to international stardom. [also V]

Catapult at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Catapult \Cat"a*pult\, n. [L. catapulta, Gr. ?, prob. from kata`
down + ? to shake, hurl.]
1. (Mil. Antiq.) An engine somewhat resembling a massive
crossbow, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for
throwing stones, arrows, spears, etc.

2. A forked stick with elastic band for throwing small
stones, etc.

catapult at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic
between the arms; used to propel small stones [syn: {slingshot},
2: a device that launches aircraft from a warship [syn: {launcher}]
3: medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine
for hurling large stones and other missiles [syn: {arbalest},
{arbalist}, {ballista}, {bricole}, {mangonel}, {onager},
{trebuchet}, {trebucket}]
v 1: shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult; "the enemy
catapulted rocks towards the fort"
2: hurl as if with a sling [syn: {sling}]

catapult at English (WD) Of Explained:

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From Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » catapulta|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » καταπέλτης|tr=katapeltēs|lang=grc|sc=polytonic, from Inter: term » κατά||downwards, into, against|tr=kata|lang=grc|sc=polytonic + Inter: term » πάλλω||I poise or sway a missile before it is thrown|tr=pallō|lang=grc|sc=polytonic.


* Inter: IPA » /ˈˈkæ.tə.pʌlt/


Inter: en-noun » pl=catapultæ|pl2=catapults
  • A device or weapon for throwing or launching large objects, such as a mechanical aid on aircraft carriers designed to help airplanes take off from the flight deck.
    1. Inter: U » K slingshot
    2. An instance of firing a missile from a catapult.
    3. Inter: figurativel » y An instance of firing something, as if from a catapult.
    4. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=13 March
    |author=Chris Bevan
    |title=Stoke 2 - 1 West Ham
    |passage=The visitors were given notice of what was to come when Huth headed wide from a Rory Delap long throw but failed to heed the warning, allowing the German defender to rise unmarked to meet another Delap catapult and plant his header into the net after 12 minutes.

    Related terms

    * catapeltic


    Inter: trans-top » device for launching large objects
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|катапулт|m|tr=katapúlt
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|catapulta|f
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|彈射器|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|弹射器|tr=tánshèqì|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|katapult|m
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|katapult|m
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|katapulto
    • Finnish: katapultti, heittokone
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|catapulte|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Katapult|n
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|καταπέλτης|m|tr=katapéltis
    • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|קטפולטה|f|tr=katapulta

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|catapulta|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|カタパルト|tr=kataparuto|sc=Jpan
  • Korean: Inter: t- » ko|노포|tr=nopo|sc=Kore, Inter: t- » ko|캐터펄트|tr=kaeteopeolteu|sc=Kore
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|catapulta|f
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|катапулт|m|tr=katapúlt
  • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|tarpil
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|katapulta|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|catapulta|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|катапульта|f|tr=katapúlʹta|sc=Cyrl
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|catapulta|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|katapult|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-see » slingshot
    Inter: trans-top » instance of firing something
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|tykitys

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » Tamil: Inter: t- » ta|kvataippul

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » catapults|catapulting|catapulted|catapulted
  • Inter: transitiv » e To fire a missile from a catapult.
    1. Inter: transitiv » e To fire or launch something, as if from a catapult.
    2. Inter: transitiv » e To increase the status of something rapidly.
    3. : The candidate selection for running mate has catapulted her to the national scene.
    4. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=November 12
    |title=International friendly: England 1-0 Spain
    |work=BBC Sport
    |passage=England will not be catapulted among the favourites for Euro 2012 as a result of this win, but no victory against Spain is earned easily and it is right they take great heart from their efforts as they now prepare to play Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday.
    1. Inter: intransitiv » e To be fired from a catapult or as if from a catapult.
    2. Inter: intransitiv » e To have one's status increased rapidly.
    3. : She catapulted to the national scene following her selection by the candidate.


      Inter: trans-top » to fire a missile from a catapult

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|катапултирам
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|catapultar
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|katapultovat

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|singota
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|catapulter
    • German: Inter: t- » de|katapultieren

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to fire or launch as if from catapult
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|singota, Inter: t- » fi|sinkauttaa

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to increase the status rapidly
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|катапултирам
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|catapultar
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|catapulter

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t- » de|katapultieren
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|הזניק|tr=hizník

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to be fired from or as if from a catapult
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ampaista, Inter: t+ » fi|sinkoutua, Inter: t- » fi|singahtaa

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|catapulter

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to have one's status increased rapidly
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ampaista

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|catapulter

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * ballista
    • crossbow
    • onager
    • siege engine
    • trebuchet, trebucket

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