- a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles.
Origin of trebuchet
Examples from the Web for trebuchet
The trebuchet was a much later invented machine than the catapult, and, being built on a much larger scale, was more powerful.The Boy Craftsman
A. Neely Hall
The trebuchet was another war machine used extensively during the Middle Ages.Artillery Through the Ages
Another variety of the trebuchet was the Biblia or Bible; but its distinctive character has not been ascertained.Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe
By this means it throws with more exactness than the biffa, and to a greater distance than the trebuchet.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
Such was the principle of the "trebuchet," the enormous engines which carried devastation and destruction to medieval castles.British Castles
Charles H. Ashdown
- a large medieval siege engine for hurling missiles consisting of a sling on a pivoted wooden arm set in motion by the fall of a weight
Word Origin and History for trebuchet
"medieval stone-throwing engine of war," c.1300 (in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French trebuchet (12c.) "siege engine," from trabucher "to overturn, overthrow" (11c.), from tra- (from Latin trans-, here expressing "displacement") + Old French buc "trunk, bulk," from West Germanic *buh- (cf. German bauch "belly").