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catapult


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catapult  \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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catapult 
  n  1:  launches  aircraft  from  a  warship  [syn:  {launcher}] 
  2:  Y-shaped  stick  with  elastic  between  the  arms;  used  to  propel 
  small  stones  [syn:  {sling},  {slingshot}] 
  3:  an  ancient  heavy  war  engine  for  hurling  large  stones  [syn:  {bricole}, 
  {onager}] 
  v  1:  shoot  forth  or  launch,  as  if  from  a  catapult;  "the  enemy 
  catapulted  rocks  towards  the  fort" 
  2:  hurl  as  if  with  a  sling  [syn:  {sling}] 




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