from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A weapon consisting of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves on the stock to direct the projectile.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A missive weapon formed by a bow fixed athwart a stock in which there is a groove or barrel to direct the missile, a notch or catch to hold the string when the bow is bent, and a trigger to release it; an arbalist.
  • noun Figuratively, a crossbowman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Archery) A weapon, used in discharging arrows or bolts, formed by placing a bow crosswise on a stock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A mechanised weapon, based on the bow and arrow, which fires bolts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)


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