Catapult Definition

kătə-pŭlt, -po͝olt
catapulted, catapulting, catapults
noun
catapults
An ancient military contrivance powered by either torsion or tension used for throwing or shooting stones, spears, etc.
Webster's New World
A slingshot.
Webster's New World
A type of launcher that provides the force to hurl an airplane, missile, etc. from a deck or ramp to provide an initial high speed.
Webster's New World
A device for ejecting a person from an airplane.
Webster's New World
The definition of a catapult is a military machine or other device that launches something with great force.
A machine that can hurl something a far distance with great force is an example of a catapult.
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verb
catapulted, catapulting, catapults
To be catapulted; move quickly; leap.
Webster's New World
To shoot or launch from or as from a catapult; hurl.
Webster's New World
To hurl or launch by means other than a catapult.
The blast catapulted bricks across the street.
American Heritage
To bring suddenly into prominence.
The film catapulted her into fame.
American Heritage
To be catapulted or hurled.
The rider catapulted over the handlebars.
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Other Word Forms of Catapult

Noun

Singular:
catapult
Plural:
catapults

Origin of Catapult

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • French catapulte from Old French from Latin catapulta from Greek katapaltēs kata- cata- pallein to brandish, poise a weapon before hurling pāl- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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