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  • n. Plural form of harquebus.

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Examples

  • One by one they entered; but when Quentin appeared, the sentinels crossed their pikes, and commanded him to stand, while bows were bent, and harquebusses aimed at him from the walls, a rigour of vigilance used, notwithstanding that the young stranger came in company of a party of the garrison, nay, of the very body which furnished the sentinels who were then upon duty.

    Quentin Durward

  • The Shaugh or king of Persia is nothing in strength and power comparable vnto the Turke: for although he hath a great Dominion, yet is it nothing to be compared with the Turks: neither hath he any great Ordinance or gunnes, or harquebusses.

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

  • There was nothing but sending out spies and scouts, posting sentinels and blowing the matches of harquebusses, though they carried but few, for almost all used flintlocks.

    Don Quixote

  • His ship is a galleon of four hundred tons, a very fast sailer, and there are aboard her, one hundred men, all skilled hands and of warlike age, and all so well trained that they might be old soldiers -- they keep their harquebusses clean.

    Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward

  • The murderers surprised him with a shot from one of their harquebusses.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2 The Catholic Reaction

  • As he ascended the hill, he fell to earth, shot with three harquebusses.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2 The Catholic Reaction

  • One day, soon afterwards, the leaders of our party resolved to attack the foe in their house, where we killed two, and the rest, numbering five men, entrenched themselves in a ground-floor apartment; whereupon we took possession of their harquebusses and other arms, which forced them to abandon the villa and retire to Vicenza; and within a short space of time this great feud was terminated by an ample peace. '

    Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2 The Catholic Reaction

  • The assassins were armed with harquebusses, pistols and poniards.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2 The Catholic Reaction

  • Nor did the conviction arise from any prejudice against fire-arms, for he had, among many other wonderful things of the sort, in cannons, sakers, harquebusses, muskets, musquetoons, and all kinds, invented a pistol to discharge

    St. George and St. Michael Volume II

  • When, a few years later, William marched from Devonshire to London, the apparatus which he brought with him, though such as had long been in constant use on the Continent, and such as would now be regarded at Woolwich as rude and cumbrous, excited in our ancestors an admiration resembling that which the Indians of America felt for the Castilian harquebusses.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 1

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