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Launch \Launch\ (l[add]nch or l[aum]nch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Launched (l[add]ncht or l[aum]ncht); p. pr. & vb. n. Launching.] [OE. launchen to throw as a lance, OF. lanchier, another form of lancier, F. lancer, fr. lance lance. See Lance.] [Written also lanch.]

  1. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.

  2. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce. [Obs.]

    Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds.

  3. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.

    With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship, And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep.

  4. To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation; as, to launch a son in the world; to launch a business project or enterprise.

    All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery in England.
    --Eikon Basilike.


vb. (context obsolete English) To throw, as a lance; to let fly; to launch.

Usage examples of "lanch".

Her sensations probably resolved themselves into an excess of admiration for the pastor in his new character of a denouncer of detected guilt and champion of imperiled innocence, added to which was a vague desire to lanch her own anathema maranatha at Royston Keene.