The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Launch \Launch\ (l[add]nch or l[aum]nch), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Launched (l[add]ncht or l[aum]ncht); p. pr. & vb. n.
Launching.] [OE. launchen to throw as a lance, OF.
lanchier, another form of lancier, F. lancer, fr. lance
lance. See Lance.] [Written also lanch.]
1. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
2. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce. [Obs.]
Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds.
3. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to
set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship,
And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep.
4. To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to
give a start to (something); to put in operation; as, to
launch a son in the world; to launch a business project or
All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch
presbytery in England. --Eikon