crossbow definition

  • noun:
    • A weapon composed of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves in the stock to direct the projectile.
    • A mechanised tool, based on the bow and arrow, which fires bolts.
    • A weapon, used in discharging arrows or bolts, created by putting a bow crosswise on a stock.
    • A missive tool created by a bow fixed athwart a stock in which there is certainly a groove or barrel to direct the missile, a notch or capture to carry the sequence when the bow is bent, and a trigger to produce it; an arbalist.
    • Figuratively, a crossbowman.
    • a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)

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