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launch

1. a motor driven boat used chiefly as a transport boat
2. the largest of the boats of a man-of-war

launch

[lȯnch]
(aerospace engineering)
To send off a rocket vehicle under its own rocket power, as in the case of guided aircraft rockets, artillery rockets, and space vehicles.
To send off a missile or aircraft by means of a catapult or by means of inertial force, as in the release of a bomb from a flying aircraft.
To give a space probe an added boost for flight into space just before separation from its launch vehicle.

launch

i. To send off a missile, such as if an aircraft launched an air-to-air missile against its adversary.
ii. To send the aircraft on a specific task as a mission was launched.

launch

To cause an application to load and run. Contrast with "exit" or "close," which ends the program. See launcher and never say.
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Another good way we discovered of irritating the aristocratic type of steam launch, was to mistake them for a beanfeast, and ask them if they were Messrs.
We had a good deal of trouble with steam launches that morning.
If I may do so, without appearing boastful, I think I can honestly say that our one small boat, during that week, caused more annoyance and delay and aggravation to the steam launches that we came across than all the other craft on the river put together.
Old ladies, not accustomed to the river, are always intensely nervous of steam launches. I remember going up once from Staines to Windsor - a stretch of water peculiarly rich in these mechanical monstrosities - with a party containing three ladies of this description.
Ryanair will launch service from Dublin to Bydgoszcz and Gdansk in May, bringing to 22 the number of new European destinations it will serve from the Irish capital this summer.
"Right now for one client I'm working on a launch, for another on developing audio conferences, and for a third on a business plan.
Since traditional rockets launch from the ground, a complicated and expensive rocket nozzle must be used to compensate for altitude variation.
The US space agency did not immediately set a new launch date.
NASA has two crawler transporters, which carry the space shuttle assembly (the shuttle, two solid rocket boosters and the external fuel tank) and the mobile launch platform to one of two launch pads at KSC at a pace of 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
We believe the 'Quarterback' launch system has the potential to safely, rapidly and effectively introduce hardened gear that can act to stop or significantly impede a vehicle's progress without harming inhabitants," commented Colonel Powers.
This office is supposed to make it easier to launch new types of reusable suborbital rockets by issuing experimental permits that can be granted more quickly and with fewer requirements than full licenses.