noun, plural bal·lis·tae [buh-lis-tee]. /bəˈlɪs ti/.
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Trebuchet, treb′ū-shet, n. a military engine like the ballista.
Like a modern field gun, the ballista shot low and directly toward the enemy.Artillery Through the Ages|Albert Manucy
No ballista, however, is made without regard to the given amount of weight of the stone which the engine is intended to throw.Ten Books on Architecture|Vitruvius
The ballista (Fig. 229) was in reality a large cross-bow, built to shoot long, heavy bolts or arrows.The Boy Craftsman|A. Neely Hall
Various names were applied to these weapons, the chief of which were the ballista and the catapult.Great Inventions and Discoveries|Willis Duff Piercy