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cat·a·pult

catapult

 
pronunciation:
kae t pUlt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an ancient weapon used to throw objects, such as large stones or arrows, at an enemy.
similar words:
mortar
definition 2: a machine for launching planes from the deck of a ship.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: catapults, catapulting, catapulted
definition 1: pushed or thrown with force; thrust by or as though by a catapult.
One hit song catapulted him to success.
synonyms:
fling, hurl, launch, sling
similar words:
flip, spring, toss
definition 2: to spring up or forward as though thrown by a catapult; leap.
She catapulted over the fence.
synonyms:
jump, spring
similar words:
fling, flip, launch, toss
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The word catapult contains the following part:
cata- Greek prefix that means down; completely, thoroughly; against; according to