Crossbow


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 time). The crossbow was easier to handle than a longbow because of its use of a crank. However, this was also its great disadvantage, since it took longer to reload than the longbow. The crossbow had a range of up to 250 yards and was used best at relatively close quarters. However, in the mid-15c a steel crossbow emerged, with a range of up to 450 yards, and powerful enough to unhorse an armoured knight. The user was known as an *'arbalester'. -

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  • Crossbow — Cross bow (kr[o^]s b[=o] ), n. (Archery) A weapon, used in discharging arrows or bolts, formed by placing a bow crosswise on a stock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crossbow — mid 15c., from CROSS (Cf. cross) (n.) + BOW (Cf. bow) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • crossbow — ► NOUN ▪ a medieval bow fixed across a wooden support, having a groove for the bolt and a mechanism for drawing and releasing the string …   English terms dictionary

  • crossbow — [krôs′bō΄] n. a weapon consisting of a bow set transversely on a wooden stock: the stock is grooved to direct a short, heavy arrow (bolt) or stone and notched to hold the bowstring, which is released by a trigger crossbowman n. pl. crossbowmen …   English World dictionary

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  • crossbow — UK [ˈkrɒsˌbəʊ] / US [ˈkrɔsˌboʊ] noun [countable] Word forms crossbow : singular crossbow plural crossbows a weapon used for firing pointed sticks called bolts or arrows, especially in the past. It is similar to a bow and arrow but is held flat …   English dictionary

  • crossbow — [[t]krɒ̱sboʊ, AM krɔ͟ːs [/t]] crossbows N COUNT A crossbow is a weapon consisting of a small, powerful bow that is fixed across a piece of wood, and aimed like a gun …   English dictionary


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