catapult

  1. hurl as if with a sling

    Synonyms : sling
    Type Of : cast, hurl, hurtle
  2. a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones

    Synonyms : sling, slingshot
    Type Of : plaything, toy
  3. an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

    Synonyms : arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager, trebuchet, trebucket
    Type Of : engine
  4. a device that launches aircraft from a warship

    Synonyms : launcher
    Type Of : device
  5. shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult

    Type Of : impel, propel
    Examples :
    • the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort