from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy portable matchlock gun invented during the 15th century. Also called hackbut.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An obsolete matchlock firearm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A firearm with match holder, trigger, and tumbler, made in the second half of the 15th century. The barrel was about forty inches long. A form of the harquebus was subsequently called arquebus with matchlock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old form of hand-firearm.
- n. A harquebusier.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
It was also typical that the prosecutor would have enlisted someone else to deliver it, one of the lads who regarded Arkady as ancient and as unpredictable as a loaded harquebus.
Malinalli had not yet finished translating these last words when the discharge of a harquebus signaled the beginning of the slaughter.
Without the mastery of the language, his weapons were useless; it would be like using a harquebus as a club instead of firing it.
Ruby had taken the relic piece — more relative to the harquebus than to the current fashion in rifles — and hunted wild turkey and deer through the winter, jerking the venison by the fire like an Indian.
Raising the harquebus, Sulu fired and was almost knocked down by the heavy weapon.
Ruby had taken the relic piece -- more relative to the harquebus than to the current fashion in rifles -- and hunted wild turkey and deer through the winter, jerking the venison by the fire like an Indian.
I also see a modern U. S.-made rifle, an AK-47, or a harquebus from the times of the Spanish conquistadors.
Mary could see Riccio grab on to the bedpost in the bedroom, only to have his fingers clubbed with the stock of a harquebus.
In later ages students will say, "Ah, in Scotland a new player came to fight," just as we now study siege-machines and the catapult and the harquebus.
He is even more calculating and slow-moving than Catherine de Medicis, and fancies himself the champion of the Church; now that the Pope has condemned me, he would never lift a finger or a sword or a harquebus to restore me.