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1. Any of various military machines used for hurling missiles, such as large stones or spears, in ancient and medieval times.
2. A mechanism for launching aircraft at a speed sufficient for flight, as from the deck of a carrier.
3. A slingshot.
v. cat·a·pult·ed, cat·a·pult·ing, cat·a·pults
1. To hurl or launch from a catapult.
2. To hurl or launch by means other than a catapult: The blast catapulted bricks across the street.
3. To bring suddenly into prominence: The film catapulted her into fame.
1. To be catapulted or hurled: The rider catapulted over the handlebars.
2. To jump or spring: She catapulted over the gate.
1. a Y-shaped implement with a loop of elastic fastened to the ends of the two prongs, used mainly by children for shooting small stones, etc. US and Canadian name: slingshot
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a heavy war engine used formerly for hurling stones, etc
3. (Military) a device installed in warships to launch aircraft
4. (tr) to shoot forth from or as if from a catapult
5. (foll by: over, into, etc) to move precipitately: she was catapulted to stardom overnight.
[C16: from Latin catapulta, from Greek katapeltēs, from kata- down + pallein to hurl]
cat•a•pult(ˈkæt əˌpʌlt, -ˌpʊlt)
1. an ancient military engine for hurling stones, arrows, etc.
2. a device for launching an airplane from the deck of a ship.v.t., v.i.
3. to hurl or be hurled from or as if from a catapult.
4. to move quickly, suddenly, or forcibly.
[1570–80; < Latin catapulta < Greek katapéltēs=kata- cata- + péltēs hurler, akin to pállein to hurl]
A structure which provides an auxiliary source of thrust to a missile or aircraft; must combine the functions of directing and accelerating the missile during its travel on the catapult; serves the same functions for a missile as does a gun tube for a shell.
Past participle: catapulted
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|Noun||1.||catapult - a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones|
|2.||catapult - a device that launches aircraft from a warship|
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
|3.||catapult - an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles|
engine - an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.; "medieval engines of war"
|Verb||1.||catapult - shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult; "the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort"|
|2.||catapult - hurl as if with a sling|
‘kaķene’katapultētšaut ar ‘kaķeni’
hızla ve şiddetle fırlatmaksapan
(American ˈslingshot) a small forked stick with an elastic string fixed to the two prongs for firing small stones etc, usually used by children. kettie; rek مَنْجَنيق катапулт estilingue prak die Schleuder slangebøsse σφεντόναtirachinas ragulka, kada منجنیق؛ قلاب سنگ katapultti lance-pierreמקלע गुलेल katapult csúzli ketapel teygjubyssa fionda ぱちんこ 새총 timpa ‘kaķene' lastik katapultsprettert, slyngeproca (لښ) يو ډول ما شين چه په هغه ډبرې ياغشى غورځى: په بېديو كې يوه اّله چه له هغه نه الوتكه الوځوى fisga рогатка prak frača praćka katapult, slangbåge หนังสติ๊ก sapan 彈弓 рогатка غلیل súng cao su 弹弓verb
to throw violently. The driver was catapulted through the windscreen when his car hit the wall. smyt يَقْذِفُ بِقُوَّه изстрелвам с катапулт projetar vystřelit; katapultovat (se) schleudern kyle; slynge εκσφενδονίζωcatapultar paiskama پرتاب شدن heittää voimakkaasti catapulter לְהַעִיף उछाल देना izbaciti katapultom katapultál melontarkan slöngva, kasta catapultare ほうり出す 세게 내던지다 išsviesti katapultēt; šaut ar ‘kaķeni' melastik slingerenslynge; bli kastet rzucać پرتاب کول projectar a catapulta катапультировать(ся) katapultovať (sa) vreči izbaciti slunga[s] ขว้างอย่างรุนแรง hızla ve şiddetle fırlatmak 彈射 катапультувати زور سے پھینکنا bắn bằng súng cao su 弹射