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  • n. An engine of war used in the Middle Ages, consisting of a protected elevated staging on wheels, and armed in front with pikes. After the 14th century it was furnished with small cannon.
  • n. A huge bow fixed on the wall of a fortified town for casting javelins.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An engine of war used in the Middle Ages, consisting of a protected elevated staging on wheels, and armed in front with pikes. It was (after the 14th century) furnished with small cannon.
  • n. A huge bow fixed on the wall of a fortified town for casting javelins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a cart or barrow plated with iron or other material to protect it from fire, and armed with long iron-shod pikes; a movable cheval-de-frise.
  • n. A similar cart armed with a large crossbow, or with a small cannon in the fifteenth century.
  • n. Hence— The cannon itself so used.

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  • One for the listers of weaponry and war-engines.

    January 21, 2013