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catapult (noun) a slingshot; a machine for throwing high into the air heavy objects in war.
A Y-shaped stick to the ends of which is tied a rubber band, and is used to shoot up stones, etc.. It is also called a slingshot. A weapon used in the former times in war to throw high into air big stones, large iron balls, etc., when an enemy fort or army had to be attacked. In the famous fight between David and the giant Goliath, David used a catapult to defeat Goliath. A piece of equipment on the deck of a ship to send missiles into air is also a catapult.
- Children find great delight in throwing up stones from the hold of a catapult, which they also use to hurt birds and other animals.
- Among the weapons the Romans used successfully in war were catapults that hurled huge stones and massive balls of fire onto the enemy forts and ranks.