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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
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

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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