[ buh-lis-tuh ]
/ bəˈlɪs tə /
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noun, plural bal·lis·tae [buh-lis-tee]. /bəˈlɪs ti/.
an ancient military engine for throwing stones or other missiles.
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Origin of ballista
1590–1600; <Latin, probably <Greek *ballistā́s, dialectal variant of *ballistḗs, equivalent to báll(ein) to throw + -istēs-ist
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How to use ballista in a sentence
In this way the blows of ballistae and the force of fires will be repelled by them.
It is said that from the ballistae stones weighing one hundred pounds could be sent half a mile.Selections from Viri Romae|Charles Franois L'Homond
Ballistae are constructed on varying principles to produce an identical result.
Having therefore got together a hundred and fifty catapults, and twenty-five stone-throwing ballistae, he sat down before Thebes.
Their ballistae threw stones, weighing a hundred weight, a distance of a quarter of a mile.For the Temple|G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for ballista
/ (bəˈlɪstə) /
noun plural -tae (-tiː)
an ancient catapult for hurling stones, etc
an ancient form of large crossbow used to propel a spear
Word Origin for ballista
C16: from Latin, ultimately from Greek ballein to throw
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