- The rack and pinion mechanism, or crank, used to cock a steel "crossbow. This procedure was markedly quicker than by hand, allowing the "arbalester or trained bowman to fire three times a minute.
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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crannequin — /kran i kin/, n. a portable device for bending a crossbow. [ < F, MF < MD cranekijn; see CRANE, KIN] * * * … Universalium
crannequin — /kran i kin/, n. a portable device for bending a crossbow. [ < F, MF < MD cranekijn; see CRANE, KIN] … Useful english dictionary
Crossbow — Form of bow used to fire arrows with a bow much smaller than the traditional *longbow, being drawn or cranked by a handle with a trigger release; it was so called because it somewhat resembled a cross (probably the single most potent image of the … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases