(plural catapultæ or catapults)
- A device or weapon for throwing or launching large objects, such as a mechanical aid on aircraft carriers designed to help airplanes take off from the flight deck.
- (UK) slingshot
- An instance of firing a missile from a catapult.
- (figuratively) An instance of firing something, as if from a catapult.
(third-person singular simple present catapults, present participle catapulting, simple past and past participle catapulted)
- To fire a missile from a catapult.
- To fire or launch something, as if from a catapult.
- To increase the status of something rapidly.
- The candidate selection for running mate has catapulted her to the national scene.
- (intransitive) To be fired from a catapult or as if from a catapult.
- (intransitive) To have one's status increased rapidly.
- She catapulted to the national scene following her selection by the candidate.
From Middle French catapulte, from Latin catapulta, from Ancient Greek καταπέλτης (katapeltēs), from κατά (kata, “downwards, into, against”) + πάλλω (pallō, “I poise or sway a missile before it is thrown”).