Definition of catapult noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkætəpʌlt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəpʌlt//
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  1. 1(British English) (North American English slingshot) a stick shaped like a Y with a rubber band attached to it, used by children for shooting stones
  2. 2 a weapon used in the past to throw heavy stones See related entries: Weapons
  3. 3a machine used for sending planes up into the air from a ship
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French catapulte or Latin catapulta, from Greek katapeltēs, from kata- ‘down’ + pallein ‘hurl’.
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