(Laugh"ter*less), a. Not laughing; without laughter.
(Laugh"wor`thy) a. Deserving to be laughed at. [R.] B. Jonson.
(Lau"mont*ite) n. [From Dr. Laumont, the discoverer.] (Min.) A mineral, of a white color
and vitreous luster. It is a hydrous silicate of alumina and lime. Exposed to the air, it loses water, becomes
opaque, and crumbles. [Written also laumonite.]
(Launce) n. A lance. [Obs.]
(Launce), n. [It. lance, L. lanx, lancis, plate, scale of a balance. Cf. Balance.] A balance.
Fortune all in equal launce doth sway.Spenser.
(Launce), n. (Zoöl.) See Lant, the fish.
(Launce"gaye`) n. See Lancegaye. [Obs.]
(Launch) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Launched (läncht); 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
1. To throw, as a lance or dart; to hurl; to let fly.
2. To strike with, or as with, a lance; to pierce. [Obs.]
Launch your hearts with lamentable wounds.Spenser.
3. To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat; as, to launch a ship.
With stays and cordage last he rigged the ship,Pope.
And rolled on levers, launched her in the deep.
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.
All art is used to sink episcopacy, and launch presbytery in England.Eikon Basilike.
(Launch), v. i. To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the stocks into the water; to
plunge; to make a beginning; as, to launch into the current of a stream; to launch into an argument or
discussion; to launch into lavish expenditures; often with out.
Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.Luke v. 4.
He [Spenser] launches out into very flowery paths.Prior.
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. [Cf. Sp. lancha.] (Naut.) 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.
Launching ways. (Naut.) See Way, n. (Naut.).