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catapult

noun [C]     /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.Arms and munitions in general UK (US slingshot) a Y-shaped stick or piece of metal with a piece of elastic (= material that stretches) fixed to the top parts, used especially by children for shooting small stonesHand weaponsHandguns and riflesToys and dolls
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