Definition of Arbalist

1. Noun. An engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles.

Exact synonyms: Arbalest, Ballista, Bricole, Catapult, Mangonel, Onager, Trebuchet, Trebucket
Generic synonyms: Engine
Derivative terms: Catapult, Catapultian, Catapultic



Definition of Arbalist

1. Noun. (alternative form of arbalest) ¹

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Definition of Arbalist

1. arbalest [n -S] - See also: arbalest

Medical Definition of Arbalist

1. A crossbow, consisting of a steel bow set in a shaft of wood, furnished with a string and a trigger, and a mechanical device for bending the bow. It served to throw arrows, darts, bullets, etc. Alternative forms: arbalet and arblast. Origin: OF. Arbaleste, LL. Arbalista, for L. Arcuballista; arcus bow + ballista a military engine. See Ballista. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Arbalist

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"An implement for bending the stiff bow of the medieval arbalist, consisting of a ... A cross- bowman who carried the large arbalist worked by means of the ..."

2. Court Life Under the Plantagenets: (reign of Henry the Second) by Hubert Hall (1890)
"When he saw his serjeants die and gain no vantage, he was grieved at heart, and said in his distress, ‘Send for the arbalist quickly to the stockade. ..."

3. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1876)
"For the arbalist, like gunpowder, was a leveller. It required no strength ; little skill sufficed for using it, and much practice was not necessary. ..."

4. The Flowers of History, Especially Such as Relate to the Affairs of Britain by Matthew Paris (1853)
"... on the twenty-sixth of March, by an arrow from an arbalist, and, as the wound was unskilfully managed, he began to feel the danger of approaching death. ..."

5. Antiquary: A Magazine Devoted to the Study of the Past by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1885)
"The Normans especially excelled with the arbalist or "crossbow," an invention, says Sir SR Meyrick, of the Roman Empire in the Easi, and suggested by the ..."

6. The Poetical Works of Howitt, Milman, and Keats by Mary Botham Howitt, Henry Hart Milman, John Keats (1853)
"The Castle drawbridge hung aloof, arm'd men Paced the stem ramparts, javelins look'd out, Fmm embrasure and loop-hole arbalist And ..."

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