launch

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. float, start, get going; throw, cast, hurl. See beginning, propulsion, astronautics.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. motorboat, cabin cruiser, ship's launch; see boat , ship .
v.
1. [To initiate]
Syn. originate, start, set going; see begin 1 .
2. [To send off]
Syn. set in motion, propel, drive, lance, thrust, fire off, send forth, eject; see also drive 1 , 3 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. start inaugurate, begin, commence, institute, *start the ball rolling, usher in, break ground, open.
2. setoff send forth, propel, discharge, fire off, catapult, set afloat.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To send through the air with a motion of the hand or arm: cast, dart, dash, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, pitch, shoot, shy2, sling, throw, toss. Informal: fire. See MOVE. 2. To go about the initial step in doing (something): approach, begin, commence, embark, enter, get off, inaugurate, initiate, institute, lead off, open, set about, set out, set to, start, take on, take up, undertake. Informal: kick off. Idioms: get cracking, get going, get the show on the road. See START. 3. To bring into currency, use, fashion, or practice: introduce, originate. See START. II noun 1. An act of throwing: cast, fling, heave, hurl, pitch, shy2, sling, throw, toss. See MOVE. 2. The act or process of bringing or being brought into existence: beginning, commencement, inauguration, inception, incipience, incipiency, initiation, leadoff, opening, origination, start. Informal: kickoff. See START.

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