catapult

A catapult is something that hurls things through the air, like a catapult that sends pumpkins flying in an annual Halloween competition.

To pronounce catapult, accent the first syllable: "CAT a pult." Catapult can also be a verb that means "to hurl or shoot forward." It's not only objects that catapult. A hit single can catapult a band to great fame, for example, or a high score may catapult you into first place. Just don't catapult any cats. That would catapult you to notoriety, and probably also to jail.

Definitions of catapult
  1. noun
    an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
    synonyms: arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager, trebuchet, trebucket
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    type of:
    engine
    an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.
  2. noun
    a device that launches aircraft from a warship
    synonyms: launcher
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    device
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  3. noun
    a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
    synonyms: sling, slingshot
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    type of:
    plaything, toy
    an artifact designed to be played with
  4. verb
    shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult
    “the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort”
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    type of:
    impel, propel
    cause to move forward with force
  5. verb
    hurl as if with a sling
    synonyms: sling
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    type of:
    cast, hurl, hurtle
    throw forcefully
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