from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long, hand-drawn bow, such as that used in medieval England, which sometimes exceeded 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large bow that has a strong tension, and is usually more than 3 feet tall. The most famous longbows in history were the English longbows, which were crafted of yew.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ordinary bow, not mounted on a stock; -- so called in distinction from the
crossbowwhen both were used as weapons of war. Also, sometimes, such a bow of about the height of a man, as distinguished from a much shorter one.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name commonly given to the bow drawn by hand and discharging a long feathered arrow, as distinguished from crossbows of all kinds, especially to bows having a length of five feet or over, as the bow of war and of the chase of the middle ages in Europe, those of some savage tribes, those of Japan, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a powerful wooden bow drawn by hand; usually 5-6 feet long; used in medieval England
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