- a powerful medieval crossbow with a steel bow, used to shoot stones, metal balls, arrows, etc.
Origin of arbalest
Examples from the Web for arbalest
To my mind the long-bow is a better weapon than the arbalest, but it may be ill for me to prove it.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Holding the arbalest with one hand, Daoud vaulted into the saddle.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
The form of the arbalest of this time may be seen in our woodcut, No. 50.Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe
On this bird, I deemed, he meant to try his skill with the arbalest.A Monk of Fife
The arbalest is said by some writers to be of Italian origin.
- a large medieval crossbow, usually cocked by mechanical means
Word Origin and History for arbalest
"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.