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Meaning & Definition of Catapult in English

English

Catapult

/kætəpəlt/

noun

1. A plaything consisting of a y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms

  • Used to propel small stones
    synonym:
  • slingshot
  • ,
  • sling
  • ,
  • catapult

2. A device that launches aircraft from a warship

    synonym:
  • catapult
  • ,
  • launcher

3. An engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges

  • A heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • catapult

2. Hurl as if with a sling

    synonym:
  • sling
  • ,
  • catapult

Examples of using

The catapult hurled the boulder over the castle walls.