What is Catapult ?
Catapult is (noun) a weapon consisting of a piece of strong material which can stretch attached to a stick shaped like the letter ‘Y’ , used for sending stones through the air He tried to kill birds with his catapult.(verb) 1. to send someone or something into the air suddenly and with a lot of force The cyclist was hit by a bus and catapulted to the other side of the road. 2. to put someone into a new position quickly Their team was catapulted to the top of the tennis league.
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level