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Meaning of CATAPULT

Pronunciation:  'katu`pult

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones
  2. [n]  a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
  3. [n]  a device that launches aircraft from a warship
  4. [v]  hurl as if with a sling
  5. [v]  shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult; "the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort"

CATAPULT is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: arbalest, arbalist, bricole, launcher, onager, sling, sling, slingshot, trebuchet, trebucket
 See Also: artillery, cast, device, gun, heavy weapon, hurl, hurtle, impel, ordnance, plaything, propel, toy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cat"a*pult\, n. [L. catapulta, Gr. ?, prob. from kata`
down + ? to shake, hurl.]
1. (Mil. Antiq.) An engine somewhat resembling a massive
   crossbow, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for
   throwing stones, arrows, spears, etc.

2. A forked stick with elastic band for throwing small
   stones, etc.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: arbalest, ballista, booster rocket, bowl, cast, chuck, chunk, dart, dash, fire, fling, flip, fork, ground loop, heave, hopoff, hurl, hurtle, jerk, lance, launch, let fly, lob, pass, peg, pelt, pitch, pitchfork, put, put the shot, rotation, serve, shy, sling, slingshot, snap, takeoff, throw, throw stick, throwing-stick, tilt, toss, trebuchet, wommera