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a device in which accumulated tension is suddenly released to hurl an object some distance, in particular. historical a military machine worked by a lever and ropes for hurling large stones or other missiles. a mechanical device for launching a glider or other aircraft, especially from the deck of a ship.
chiefly British a slingshot.
verb [with object]
hurl or launch (something) in a specified direction with or as if with a catapult:the plane was refueled and catapulted back into the air again the explosion catapulted the car 30 yards along the road figurativetheir music catapulted them to the top of the charts [no object] move suddenly or at great speed as though hurled by a catapult:the horse catapulted away from the fence
The ending of catapult
is spelled -pult