Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Intermediate Dictionary
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
catapult

cat·a·pult

catapult

pronunciation:
kae t pUlt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
features:
Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an ancient weapon used to throw objects, such as large stones or arrows, at an enemy.
similar words:
mortar
definition 2: a machine for launching planes from the deck of a ship.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: catapulted, catapulting, catapults
definition 1: pushed or thrown with force; thrust by or as though by a catapult.
One hit song catapulted him to success.
synonyms:
fling, hurl, launch, sling
similar words:
flip, spring, toss
definition 2: to spring up or forward as though thrown by a catapult; leap.
She catapulted over the fence.
synonyms:
jump, spring
similar words:
fling, flip, launch, toss
Word Explorer
See
  rock, stone, weapon
Word Parts
The word catapult contains the following part:
cata- Greek prefix that means down; completely, thoroughly; against; according to