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Catapult vs. Trebuchet

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Catapultnoun

A device or weapon for throwing or launching large objects, such as a mechanical aid on aircraft carriers designed to help airplanes take off from the flight deck.

Trebuchetnoun

A medieval siege engine consisting of a large pivoting arm heavily weighted on one end.

‘Medieval trebuchets are said to have been capable of launching 90kg projectiles over distances of more than 300 meters, making them more powerful than most pre-modern types of catapult.’;

Catapultnoun

(UK) slingshot

Trebuchetnoun

A torture device for dunking suspected witches by means of a chair attached to the end of a long pole.

Catapultnoun

An instance of firing a missile from a catapult.

Trebuchetnoun

A cucking stool; a tumbrel.

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Catapultnoun

(figuratively) An instance of firing something, as if from a catapult.

Trebuchetnoun

A military engine used in the Middle Ages for throwing stones, etc. It acted by means of a great weight fastened to the short arm of a lever, which, being let fall, raised the end of the long arm with great velocity, hurling stones with much force.

Catapultverb

(transitive) To fire a missile from a catapult.

Trebuchetnoun

A kind of balance for weighing.

Catapultverb

(transitive) To fire or launch something, as if from a catapult.

Trebuchetnoun

medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

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Catapultverb

(transitive) To increase the status of something rapidly.

‘The candidate selection for running mate has catapulted her to the national scene.’;

Trebuchet

A trebuchet (French: trébuchet) is a type of catapult that uses a long arm to throw a projectile. It was a common powerful siege engine until the advent of gunpowder.

Catapultverb

(intransitive) To be fired from a catapult or as if from a catapult.

Catapultverb

(intransitive) To have one's status increased rapidly.

‘She catapulted to the national scene following her selection by the candidate.’;

Catapultnoun

An engine somewhat resembling a massive crossbow, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for throwing stones, arrows, spears, etc.

Catapultnoun

A forked stick with elastic band for throwing small stones, etc.

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Catapultnoun

a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones

Catapultnoun

a device that launches aircraft from a warship

Catapultnoun

medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

Catapultverb

shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult;

‘the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort’;

Catapultverb

hurl as if with a sling

Catapult

A catapult is a ballistic device used to launch a projectile a great distance without the aid of gunpowder or other propellants – particularly various types of ancient and medieval siege engines. A catapult uses the sudden release of stored potential energy to propel its payload.

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