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catapult

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.
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
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: catapulted, catapulting, catapults
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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The word catapult contains the following part:
cata- Greek prefix that means down; completely, thoroughly; against; according to