• The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built. (Compare: to splash a ship.)
  • (nautical) An open boat of any size powered by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)
  • The act of launching.
  • (nautical) A boat used to convey guests to and from a yaucht.
  • (nautical) The boat of the largest size and/or of most importance belonging to a ship of war, and often called the "captain's boat" or "captain's launch".


  • (transitive) To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly; to send off, propel with force.
  • (transitive) To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.

    "Our business launched a new project."

  • (transitive) To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat.

    "The navy launched another ship."

  • (transitive, obsolete) To pierce with, or as with, a lance.
  • (intransitive, often with out) To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the stocks into the water; to plunge; to make a beginning.

    "to launch into an argument or discussion;"

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