A catapult is a device that is used to launch objects high into the air. It is usually powered by a person or animal walking or running back and forth, and the object is thrown using a lever or a bow.

  • The catapult was used to launch the rocks into the air.

  • The catapult was used to launch the flaming arrows into the air.

Definition of catapult


hurl as if with a sling




a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones


sling, slingshot


an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles


arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager, trebuchet, trebucket


a device that launches aircraft from a warship




shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult

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Example Sentences for catapult

  • 1

    The boy likes to use catapults.

  • 2

    The catapult then launches the gnome upwards.

  • 3

    Jak and the gang are catapulted into the future and separated.

  • 4

    The publication of the series catapulted Kuniyoshi to fame.

  • 5

    The French immediately catapult it over the wall anyways.

  • 6

    The catapult shown in the picture in this article is classical though.

  • 7

    The secret catapult is built in the region of Mare Undarum.

  • 8

    Then the catapult launches the beer to the target user on command.

  • 9

    The catapult in Ohio performed the same function, for the same reason.

  • 10

    The others were the steam catapult and the angled flight deck.