Definition of launcher in English:

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launcher

Pronunciation: /ˈlôn(t)SHər/

noun

1A structure that holds a rocket or missile, typically one used as a weapon, during launching: a rocket launcher a grenade launcher
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  • As the beam bit into the front of the missile launcher, the protons shed their immense kinetic energy in the form of infrared radiation.
  • The protesting workers used tanks, armoured cars, and missile launchers to seal the entrance, creating a gridlock along a nearby highway.
  • The United States developed a multitude of delivery systems, ranging from multiple rocket launchers to missiles.
1.1A rocket that is used to convey a satellite or spacecraft into orbit.
Example sentences
  • Increasingly, both the United States and the Soviet Union made improvements to their missiles that made them capable satellite and space capsule launchers.
  • Envisat, with its mass of 8 tonnes, will be the heaviest satellite ever to be put into orbit by an Ariane launcher.
  • Rocketry engineers will design launchers and spacecraft aimed at making space travel inexpensive and routine.

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Syllabification: launch·er

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