- a powerful medieval crossbow with a steel bow, used to shoot stones, metal balls, arrows, etc.
Origin of arbalest
Examples from the Web for arbalist
An arbalist or cross-bow man; also the corruption of alabaster.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
In the meantime here is Wat with his arbalist and a bolt in his girdle.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
Shoots excellently with the bow or arbalist, rides, swims, is a master of fence with the small sword.
He had brought his arbalist to his shoulder, when a commotion arose among the onlookers.
Then may come the English long-bow (far more rapid in its fire191 than the arbalist), and the day of the infantry will return.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
- a large medieval crossbow, usually cocked by mechanical means
Word Origin and History for arbalist
"crossbow," c.1300, from Old French arbaleste "large crossbow with a crank" (12c., Modern French arbalète), from Vulgar Latin arbalista, from Late Latin arcuballista "catapult," from Latin arcus "bow" (see arc (n.)) + ballista "machine for throwing projectiles" (see ballistic). German armbrust is from the same French word but mangled by folk etymology.