American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A medieval catapult for hurling heavy stones.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medieval warfare, a missile engine resembling the ballista. It was used especially by besiegers, for making a breach or for casting stones and other missiles into beleaguered towns and castles. It consisted of a beam called the verge, turning on a horizontal axis supported upon uprights. At one end of the verge was fixed a heavy weight, and at the other a sort of sling to contain the projectile—a device which greatly increased its force. To discharge the engine, the loaded end of the verge was drawn back by means of a windlass, and suddenly let go. It was possible to attain with the trebuchet great accuracy of fire. Prince Louis Napoleon, afterward Napoleon III., caused to be constructed in 1850 a model trebuchet which gave remarkable results.
- n. A kind of balance or scales used in weighing coins or other small articles, the pan containing which tilts over if the balance is not exact.
- n. A kind of trap for catching small birds or animals by the tilting of the part on which the bait is placed.
- n. A cucking-stool.
- n. A medieval siege engine consisting of a large pivoting arm heavily weighted on one end. Considered to be the technological successor to the catapult.
- n. A torture device for dunking suspected witches by means of a chair attached to the end of a long pole.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cucking stool; a tumbrel.
- n. A military engine used in the Middle Ages for throwing stones, etc. It acted by means of a great weight fastened to the short arm of a lever, which, being let fall, raised the end of the long arm with great velocity, hurling stones with much force.
- n. obsolete A kind of balance for weighing.
- n. an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
- From Old French trebuchet, trebuket et al. (modern trébuchet), from trebuchier ("to overthrow, topple"), from tre- + *buchier, from Old French buc ("trunk of the body"), from Old Frankish *būk (“belly, trunk, torso”), from Proto-Germanic *būkaz (“belly, abdomen, trunk”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (“to blow, swell”). Cognate with Old High German būh ("belly"), Old English būc ("belly, trunk"). More at bouk. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from trebucher, to overthrow : tre-, over (from Latin trāns-; see trans-) + but, trunk of the body (of Germanic origin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Nevertheless, any time that you get to use the word "trebuchet" is good.”
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“But a trebuchet is not just a catapult - plus seeing one in action is a sight to behold.”
“I'm told there are different disciplines in the sport, including throwing, catching, target practice, and hoisting eggs into the air with a contraption called a trebuchet.”
“In last year's competition, most teams used a fancy catapult, an ancient weapon also known as a trebuchet.”
“The trebuchet is a type of catapult designed with a pivoting arm that can throw objects at great distances depending on the height of the structure, the length of the throwing arm, the weight of the counterweight, and the weight of the object being thrown, among many other variables.”
“But Jordan Shoulders, Kevin Rutherford and Kenny Gamblin based theirs on a design called a trebuchet that used a system of counterweights, even making the brick-sized weights themselves using concrete.”
“A trebuchet was a Lost Age human siege engine from their Level Two civilizations — pre-steam — mechanical but much more powerful than a mere catapult, able to launch huge boulders more than a mile.”
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