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catapult

noun [C] uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pʌlt/  us   /ˈkæt̬-/
a device that can throw objects at a high speed: In the past, armies used catapults to hurl heavy stones at enemy fortifications. On that type of aircraft carrier, a catapult was used to help launch aircraft. UK (US slingshot) a Y-shaped stick or piece of metal with a piece of elastic (= material that stretches) attached to the top parts, used especially by children for shooting small stones

catapult

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   /ˈkæt.ə.pʌlt/  us   /ˈkæt̬-/
to throw someone or something with great force: When the two vehicles collided, he was catapulted forwards.be catapulted into sth to suddenly experience a particular state, such as being famous: The award for best actress meant that almost overnight she was catapulted into the limelight.
Translations of “catapult”
in Vietnamese súng cao su…
in Spanish tirachinas…
in Thai หนังสติ๊ก…
in Malaysian lastik…
in French lance-pierre(s)…
in German die Schleuder…
in Chinese (Traditional) 投射器, 石弩, 彈射器…
in Indonesian ketapel…
in Chinese (Simplified) 投射器, 石弩, 弹射器…
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