cat|a|pult1 [ˈkætəpʌlt] n
[Date: 1500-1600; : 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
catapult2 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.

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  • catapult — index cast (throw), impel, launch (project), precipitate (throw down violently) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • catapult — [n] implement for shooting weapon arbalest, ballista, heaver, hurler, pitcher, propeller, shooter, sling, slingshot, tosser, trebuchet; concepts 463,500 …   New thesaurus

  • Catapult — A catapult is any one of a number of non handheld mechanical devices used to throw a projectile a great distance without the aid of an explosive substance particularly various types of ancient and medieval siege engines.The name is the Latinized… …   Wikipedia

  • catapult — {{11}}catapult (n.) 1570s, from M.Fr. catapulte, from L. catapulta war machine for throwing, from Gk. katapeltes, from kata against (see CATA (Cf. cata )) + base of pallein to toss, hurl. {{12}}catapult (v.) 1848, from CATAPULT (Cf. catapult)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • catapult — I UK [ˈkætəpʌlt] / US [ˈkætəˌpʌlt] noun [countable] Word forms catapult : singular catapult plural catapults 1) a) British an object that children use for firing stones. It consists of a stick in the shape of a Y with a thin band of rubber across …   English dictionary

  • catapult — catapultic, adj. /kat euh pult , poolt /, n. 1. an ancient military engine for hurling stones, arrows, etc. 2. a device for launching an airplane from the deck of a ship. 3. Brit. a slingshot. v.t. 4. to hurl from a catapult. 5. to thrust or move …   Universalium

  • catapult — [[t]kæ̱təpʌlt[/t]] catapults, catapulting, catapulted 1) N COUNT A catapult is a device for shooting small stones. It is made of a Y shaped stick with a piece of elastic tied between the two top parts. [BRIT] (in AM, use slingshot) 2) N COUNT A… …   English dictionary

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