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CATAPULT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does catapult mean? 

CATAPULT (noun)
  The noun CATAPULT has 3 senses:

1. a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
2. a device that launches aircraft from a warship
3. medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

  Familiarity information: CATAPULT used as a noun is uncommon.


CATAPULT (verb)
  The verb CATAPULT has 2 senses:

1. shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult
2. hurl as if with a sling

  Familiarity information: CATAPULT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CATAPULT (noun)


Sense 1catapult [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

slingshot; catapult; sling

Hypernyms ("catapult" is a kind of...):

plaything; toy (an artifact designed to be played with)


Sense 2catapult [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device that launches aircraft from a warship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

catapult; launcher

Hypernyms ("catapult" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)


Sense 3catapult [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

arbalest; trebucket; trebuchet; onager; mangonel; bricole; ballista; arbalist; catapult

Hypernyms ("catapult" is a kind of...):

artillery; gun; heavy weapon; ordnance (large but transportable armament)


CATAPULT (verb)


Sense 1catapult [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort

Hypernyms (to "catapult" is one way to...):

impel; propel (cause to move forward with force)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2catapult [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hurl as if with a sling

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

sling; catapult

Hypernyms (to "catapult" is one way to...):

cast; hurl; hurtle (throw forcefully)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They catapult the object in the water


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