Catapult

usgb/ˈkætəpʌlt/Volume
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Historical UsagePlay
Often associated with medieval and ancient warfare. SlideMuseums display catapults as part of their medieval exhibits.
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Metaphorical UsePlay
Can be used metaphorically to describe rapid events. SlideThe invention catapulted humanity into a new era.
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Physical ObjectPlay
Refers to a physical structure, not a figurative concept. SlideThey built a catapult for the science competition.