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cat·a·pult

catapult

 
pronunciation:
kae t pUlt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an ancient military machine used to hurl missiles such as large stones, esp. at fortifications.
In medieval times, catapults were often used to shoot burning materials attached to arrows or spears over fortress walls.
synonyms:
ballista
similar words:
arbalest, bombard, mortar
definition 2: a device for launching aircraft where runway space is severely limited, as on an aircraft carrier deck.
definition 3: a device for hurling small missiles; slingshot.
synonyms:
sling, slingshot
similar words:
mortar
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: catapults, catapulting, catapulted
definition: thrust by or as though by a catapult.
A role in a hit film can catapult an unknown actor into stardom.
synonyms:
fling, hurl, launch, sling
similar words:
flip, spring, toss
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to spring up or forward as though hurled by a catapult.
She catapulted over the fence.
synonyms:
jump, spring
similar words:
fling, flip, launch, toss
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