Catapult vs. Slingshot

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Catapult and Slingshot is that the Catapult is a ballistic device and Slingshot is a projectile weapon.

  • Catapult

    A catapult is a ballistic device used to launch a projectile a great distance without the aid of explosive devices—particularly various types of ancient and medieval siege engines. In use since ancient times, the catapult has proven to be one of the most effective mechanisms during warfare. In modern times the term can apply to devices ranging from a simple hand-held implement (also called a “slingshot”) to a mechanism for launching aircraft from a ship.

  • Slingshot

    A gallybander slingshot or catapult (UK), ging (primarily Australian and New Zealand), shanghai (Australian), kettie (South Africa), is normally a small hand-powered projectile weapon. The classic form consists of a Y-shaped frame held in the off hand (nondominant hand), with two natural-rubber strips attached to the uprights. The other ends of the strips lead back to a pocket that holds the projectile. The dominant hand grasps the pocket and draws it back to the desired extent to provide power for the projectile—up to a full span of the arm with sufficiently long bands.

  • Catapult (noun)

    A device or weapon for throwing or launching large objects, such as a mechanical aid on aircraft carriers designed to help airplanes take off from the flight deck.

  • Catapult (noun)


  • Catapult (noun)

    An instance of firing a missile from a catapult.

  • Catapult (noun)

    An instance of firing something, as if from a catapult.

  • Catapult (verb)

    To fire a missile from a catapult.

  • Catapult (verb)

    To fire or launch something, as if from a catapult.

  • Catapult (verb)

    To increase the status of something rapidly.

    “The candidate selection for running mate has catapulted her to the national scene.”

  • Catapult (verb)

    To be fired from a catapult or as if from a catapult.

  • Catapult (verb)

    To have one’s status increased rapidly.

    “She catapulted to the national scene following her selection by the candidate.”

  • Slingshot (noun)

    A Y-shaped stick with an elastic sling between the arms used for shooting small projectiles.

  • Slingshot (verb)

    To move or cause to move in a manner resembling a projectile shot from a slingshot.

  • Slingshot (verb)

    (especially) To use the gravity of a moving planet to add momentum to a spacecraft.


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