Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A military engine, resembling the ballista, used in Europe in the middle ages.
- n. A young person; a youth; especially, a young man.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete An active, springy young man.
- n. An ancient military engine for casting stones and arrows by means of a spring.
- Old French espringale; of Teutonic origin, akin to English spring. (Wiktionary)
“To which provoking words, one amongst them, called Forgier, an honest fellow of his person and a notable springal, made answer very calmly thus: How long is it since you have got horns, that you are become so proud?”
“A set of javelins, five of them, from a springal, struck from their guides by a forward-springing plank, raked the interior wall of the starboard rowing frame.”
“A javelin, tarred and flaming, snapped from some springal, thudded into the stem castle.”
“Not I, by the light of Heaven!" answered Prince John: "this same springal, [83-15] who conceals his name and despises our proffered hospitality, hath already gained one prize, and may now afford to let others have their turn.”
“Sam, rising to his feet, his eyes twinkling and his mask of humor on again; "sees this masked springal" -- the Hon.”
“Ha, my young springal! well met, in sooth," cried the foremost of the band, laying a firm hand upon the boy's shoulder.”
“Prince John; ` ` this same springal, who conceals his name, and despises our proffered hospitality, hath already gained one prize, and may now afford to let others have their turn. '”
“PHILEMON was used to confess how, in the fire of his callow youth and fine flower of his lustie springal days, he had been stung with murderous frenzie at view of a certaine picture of Apelles, the which in those times was showed in a temple.”
“So this is the young springal," he said, with a smile; as, with a quick glance, he took in every detail of Oswald's figure and appearance.”
“See those fellows by the big springal there turning the winch the wrong way!" ...”
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