from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See launch.


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  • A gondola is more beautiful, but the steam-launch takes one places, and an electric car is more comfortable than the hump of a camel.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • We left Klang in this beautiful steam-launch, the (so-called) yacht of the Sultan, at eight, with forty souls on board.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • The Kinta is a steam-launch of the Perak Government.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • Close to the opening lay a dark, dwarfish steam-launch, like a baby dragon with one red eye.

    The Man Who Was Thursday

  • Like many other modern pleasure-yachts, the Dobryna, in addition to her four-oar, was fitted with a fast-going little steam-launch, its screw being propelled, on the Oriolle system, by means of a boiler, small but very effective.

    Off on a Comet

  • The steam-launch returned to Gourbi Island, and preparations were forthwith taken in hand for conveying man and beast, corn and fodder, across to the volcanic headland.

    Off on a Comet

  • “The yacht, I think,” said Procope, “had better remain where she is; the weather is beautifully calm, and the steam-launch will answer our purpose better; at any rate, it will convey us much closer to shore than the schooner.”

    Off on a Comet

  • The lawn was surrounded by shrubberies and plantations, and beyond it there was nothing to be seen except the opposite woods and the river, and sometimes boats passing by with a measured sound of oars in the rowlocks, or the temporary commotion of a little steam-launch.

    The Invader A Novel

  • "I'm going to draw a picture of it for Mother," Gerda announced, and she sat still for a long time, making first one sketch and then another, -- a seal on a cake of ice, a lighthouse, a ship being dashed against the rocks, and a steam-launch cutting through the water, with a boy and girl on its deck.

    Gerda in Sweden

  • I was told that three copies of _Punch_ were sent to the steam-launch proprietor on the day of publication ....

    The History of "Punch"


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