Adjective "catapulted" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A forked stick with an elastic band fastened to the two prongs, used by children for shooting small stones.
  1. 'As it approached mid day we decided to pack up and I fired out the floating pellets on to the water with my catapult and then started to pack away my gear.'
  2. 'He said: ‘We have had bricks, snooker balls, missiles shot by catapults and all sorts.’'
  3. 'So you know nothing of two youths messing about with catapults then?'
  4. 'Then, probably using a catapult, they smashed 13 windows, leaving the school facing a hefty repair bill.'
  5. 'A member of a refugee community lost an eye in a catapult attack, another had his throat slashed and city pubs were later wrecked in revenge attacks by the refugee communities.'
  6. 'We made dens in the woods and had battles with other gangs using guns that fired peas, homemade bows and arrows, and catapults or we just threw stones at them.'
  7. 'When pheasants were worth £2.00 - £3.00 they were targeted by poachers, armed with air rifles and catapults, during the winter months.'
  8. 'It is believed the children may have used a catapult to fire the stone.'
  9. 'A home-made catapult firing a steel ball bearing or lead ball can have twice the kinetic energy of the average airgun.'
  10. 'The siege weapons also became so effective that the castles were no longer effective enough to stop the onslaught brought on by the catapults and ballistae.'
  11. 'For a high school science project, my son and his pals built a 16-foot tall medieval siege catapult.'
  12. 'Indeed Archimedes was famous for his application of the law of the lever to the construction of catapults for military purposes.'
  13. 'Some ships had no catapults and the OS2Us were lowered to the water by cranes.'
  14. 'Steam catapults are labour intensive, while an electromagnetic aircraft-launch system appears to promise a reduction in the number of personnel involved.'
  15. 'Shutting down and egressing from the aircraft while on the catapult would have been the most conservative course of action.'
  16. 'The seaplane, which had folding wings, was launched by catapult off a runway on the deck.'
  17. 'With the Greyhound shuddering and jolting, the pilot inches the aircraft across the deck towards the waiting catapult.'
  18. 'Keller looked over at the steam rising from the catapult on the forward deck, watched the sailors scurrying around to ready it to fire the next jet skyward.'
  19. 'We settled in, completed our checks, and taxied to the catapult - tension, run-up, wipeout and lights on.'
  20. 'A red warning light glowing on the panel indicated to him that the catapult's compressed air cylinders were under pressure and the safety lock on the supporting trolley had been released.'
  21. 'There were no catapults for launching aircraft or hangar deck for storage and workshops.'
  22. 'She carried two Arado aircraft that could be launched by catapult.'


Hurl or launch (something) with or as if with a catapult.
  1. figurative 'their music catapulted them to the top of the charts'
  2. 'The song, the first tune to be played on Radio 1 when it was launched in 1967, catapulted the group to stardom.'
  3. 'The sharp vocals and beat alone could have catapulted this song into some level of stardom.'
  4. 'The series of events that undoubtedly inspired their hugely successful breakthrough album - catapulting them up charts and onto international magazine covers - could not have been predicted.'
  5. 'The all-wheel-drive transmission gives even more impressive traction, catapulting the car to 100 km/h from a standing start in just 2.2 seconds, about a second faster than a current Formula One car.'
  6. 'However, rather than catapulting the festival to setback, it was a classic case of the show must go on and so it did in spectacular style, culminating in the best festival yet.'
  7. 'These numbers catapulted them to the very top of the hit parade and made them household names.'
  8. 'The single, written as a crowd-pleaser, was the band's first hit and it catapulted them into mags, on to TV and got them two gigs with the Beatles.'
  9. 'Her latest film will almost certainly please her fan base while catapulting her back to the top of the box office charts.'
  10. 'Two of the victims were killed instantly when the force of the collision catapulted them through the rear window of the car.'
  11. 'The tribunal's decision catapults many worthy arts bodies into a financial black hole.'
  12. 'Nothing new, but in catapulting over the handlebars, he tore his liver, and in 32 years of daredevil stunts, it was the one that brought him closest to death.'
  13. 'But with American symphony orchestras generally in crisis, the San Francisco Symphony has bucked the trend in recent years while catapulting into the ranks of the world's great ensembles.'
  14. 'Thus, he found himself catapulted, quite unexpectedly, into the spotlight and becoming a frequently seen face on TV.'
  15. 'Had I suddenly found myself catapulted forward in time to Christmas?'
  16. 'Inverness finished sixth, fourth and sixth in the First Division, before suddenly catapulting into title contention with a very, very good run this year.'
  17. 'Ian was amazed at the speed at which he had catapulted back to reality.'
  18. 'As leader of the successful boycott, King found himself catapulted to national prominence.'
  19. 'Before he knew what was happening, he went catapulting through the salty air.'
  20. 'Like other developing countries, Bangladesh catapulted into the global economy on the back of its cheap, plentiful labour force.'
  21. 'If that is done as a joint venture, they could well find themselves catapulted into the limelight on more than one front.'

More definitions

1. an ancient military engine for hurling stones, arrows, etc.

2. a device for launching an airplane from the deck of a ship.

3. British. a slingshot. verb (used with object)

4. to hurl from a catapult.

5. to thrust or move quickly or suddenly: His brilliant performance in the play catapulted him to stardom.

6. British. to hurl (a missile) from a slingshot. to hit (an object) with a missile from a slingshot. verb (used without object)

7. to be catapulted.

8. to move or s

More examples(as adjective)

"concerns can be catapulted."

"stones can be catapulted."

"rapes can be catapulted."

"points can be catapulted."

"materials can be catapulted."

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(catapult)Late 16th century: from French catapulte or Latin catapulta, from Greek katapeltēs, from kata- ‘down’ + pallein ‘hurl’.