from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See ballista.


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  • Some of the machines were large enough to discharge beams loaded with iron; and one kind, called the balista, would send great stones, crushing through the houses on which they fell.

    Half Hours in Bible Lands, Volume 2 Patriarchs, Kings, and Kingdoms

  • It is true that he brings the balista of the law to work, and looks for the weapons in the armory of judicial contradictions, but he keeps his own convictions as to the case, while he does his best to gain the day.

    Eve and David

  • Ferramenta sagittarum de arcu vel de balista debent, vt Tartari, quando sunt calida, temperari in aqua cum sale mixta, vt fortia sint ad penetrandum arma eorum.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Then appeared the smaller fish, the balista, the leaping mackerel, wolf-thorn-tails, and a hundred others which striped the luminous atmosphere as they swam.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • A musquet is a more expensive machine than a javelin or a bow and arrows; a cannon or a mortar than a balista or a catapulta.

    I. Book V. Of the Expences of the Sovereign or Commonwealth

  • The cannon and the mortar are, not only much dearer, but much heavier machines than the balista or catapulta, and require a greater expence, not only to prepare them for the field, but to carry them to it.

    I. Book V. Of the Expences of the Sovereign or Commonwealth

  • In 2 Chr. 26: 15 it refers to inventions for the purpose of propelling missiles from the walls of a town, such as stones (the Roman balista) and arrows (the catapulta).

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Antiquated weapons were pressed into the service as well, the balista, the three-mouthed trébuchet (the tappgete, or tryppgette of the English), and the sling for hurling heavy darts and arrows set up on the Porte Martainville.

    The Story of Rouen

  • She could see the soldiers working at the levers and pulleys till the strings of the catapult or the boards of the balista were drawn to their places.


  • Thinking out then a new career, and perhaps to dull the fears which made his heart quiver, he seized a pole and, where the sands were deeper, propped the balista, or urged on the Greeks with an outcry.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest An Historical Novel of Ancient Egypt


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