launcher

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launch +‎ -er

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launcher (plural launchers)

  1. One who or that which launches. A device that throws something or the person who initiates a launch.
    The catapult made a good launcher for the small projectile.
    They shot down the helicopter with a rocket launcher.
    • 2015, H. Clark Barrett, The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve (page 110)
      This actually occurs in perception of non-colliding Michotte displays: Even though there is a gap between the launcher stopping and the launchee starting, the launchee's motion appears to have been caused, at a distance, by the approach of the launcher []
  2. (computing) An application that launches another or others, often holding icons or menus for frequently used programs.

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