catapulted

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Catapult \Cat"a*pult\, noun [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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

catapult

noun

1: a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones [syn: {slingshot}, {sling}, {catapult}]

2: a device that launches aircraft from a warship [syn: {catapult}, {launcher}]

3: an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles [syn: {catapult}, {arbalest}, {arbalist}, {ballista}, {bricole}, {mangonel}, {onager}, {trebuchet}, {trebucket}]

verb

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}, {catapult}]

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