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n. a modern mechanism for launching aircraft from the deck of a ship
tr. v. and intr. v. to hurl or launch suddenly (as if from a slingshot): to spring up
Often referred to as catapults, ballistas varied slightly. Rather than slinging the ammo around to gain momentum, they acted more like a crossbow, using the tension in the string to shoot the projectiles.
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- Manning the catapults in ancient warfare was a dangerous task as soldiers could become caught on the ammo and unwittingly slung towards enemy forces.
- The crusades were a catapult in ancient times with war ravaging Europe and the Middle East claiming
- The navy renowned for using modern catapults to launch aircraft from the short runways on their ships.
- Despite having released many books, it was the publication of the Hunger Games that catapulted Suzanne Collins to fame.