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noun 
  1. The act of launching.
  2. The movement of a vessel from land into the water; especially, the sliding on ways from the stocks on which it is built.
  3. (context, nautical) The boat of the largest size belonging to a ship of war; also, an open boat of any size driven by steam, naphtha, electricity, or the like. (Compare Spanish lancha.)
Etymology: Old English launchen to throw as a lance, Old French lanchier, another form of lancier, French lancer, from lance


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