American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, hand-drawn bow, such as that used in medieval England, which sometimes exceeded 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length.
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. The English especially excelled in the use of the longbow, as the principal weapon of the common soldier and of hunters, from the fourteenth century till the introduction of firearms, by which it was only gradually superseded.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a powerful wooden bow drawn by hand; usually 5-6 feet long; used in medieval England
“Unless, of course, you had a longbow, but I haven't seen any stories about an uptick in longbow sales.”
“How strictly this requirement was enforced is hard to determine but the intent of the law was clear - if the need arose, the Crown could turn-out a formidible force/militia in relatively short order and the longbow was as revolutionary in its day as the firearm was in its day.”
“Rick - Yes, a longbow is a 'simple' or self bow, not a compound bow.”
“My impression is that the longbow is a 'simple' bow, not compound is this correct?”
“Curious, since the longbow is a far superior weapon.”
“- the longbow is the peculiar and decilive advan - tage of the Englifti.”
“A particularly contentious issue in medieval military debates concerns the longbow: was it a revolutionary or an evolutionary weapon Jim Bradbury turns his attention to this question in The Medieval Archer Boydell, 1985, convincingly challenging the conventional view that the longbow was a new and devastating weapon only fully adopted by the English after the experience of Edward I’s armies against Welsh archers at the end of the thirteenth century.”
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“I shot this 350 lb black bear with my longbow. im 17 and this was my first bear.”
“Yes | No | Report from neylandfan wrote 3 sec ago nice and you shoot it with a longbow thats evan better.”
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