American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A medieval missile launcher designed on the principle of the crossbow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See arbalist, arbalister.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Antiq.) A crossbow, consisting of a steel bow set in a shaft of wood, furnished with a string and a trigger, and a mechanical device for bending the bow. It served to throw arrows, darts, bullets, etc.
- n. an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
- From Middle English arblast, from Old French arbaleste (modern arbalète), from Late Latin arcuballista, from Latin arcus + ballista. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English arblast, from Old English, from Old French arbaleste, from Late Latin arcuballista : Latin arcus, bow + Latin ballista, ballista; see ballista. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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