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 for launching
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Launch \Launch\ (l[add]nch or l[aum]nch), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Launched (l[add]ncht or l[aum]ncht); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Launching.] [OE. launchen to throw as a lance, OF.
     lanchier, another form of lancier, F. lancer, fr. lance
     lance. See Lance.] [Written also lanch.]
     1. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
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     2. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce. [Obs.]
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              Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     3. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to
        set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
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              With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship,
              And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep.
                                                    --Pope.
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     4. To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to
        give a start to (something); to put in operation; as, to
        launch a son in the world; to launch a business project or
        enterprise.
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              All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch
              presbytery in England.                --Eikon
                                                    Basilike.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  launching \launching\ n.
     1. the act of moving a newly-built vessel into the water for
        the first time.
        [WordNet 1.5]
  
     2. the act of beginning something new.
  
     Syn: debut, first appearance, unveiling, introduction, entry.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     3. the act of propelling with force.
  
     Syn: launch.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  launching
      n 1: the act of moving a newly built vessel into the water for
           the first time
      2: the act of beginning something new; "they looked forward to
         the debut of their new product line" [syn: introduction,
         debut, first appearance, launching, unveiling,
         entry]
      3: the act of propelling with force [syn: launching, launch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "launching":
     coming out, curtain raiser, debut, embarkation, embarkment,
     first appearance, floating, flotation, inaugural address,
     inauguration, induction, initiation, installation, installment,
     introduction, maiden speech, opener, preliminary, unveiling
  
  

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