arbalest definition

  • noun:
    • A medieval missile launcher designed on principle of this crossbow.
    • A late kind of medieval crossbow, having a steel prod, or bow.
    • A crossbow, composed of a steel bow set in a shaft of lumber, furnished with a string and a trigger, and a mechanical device for flexing the bow. It served to put arrows, darts, bullets, etc.
    • an engine that provided medieval artillery utilized during sieges; huge war motor for hurling large rocks and other missiles
  • others:
    • See arbalist, arbalister.

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