- an ancient military engine for throwing stones or other missiles.
Origin of ballista
Related Words for ballistaepistol, bomb, sword, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, machete, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver, slingshot, catapult, dagger, spear, bayonet, ax, bludgeon
Examples from the Web for ballistae
Historical Examples of ballistae
In this way the blows of ballistae and the force of fires will be repelled by them.
But Belisarius placed upon the towers engines which they call "ballistae."Procopius
I have now given those symmetrical proportions of ballistae and catapults which I thought most useful.
They are usually classed as (a) catapults and (b) ballistae (λιθοβόλοι).
Their ballistae threw stones, weighing a hundred weight, a distance of a quarter of a mile.For the Temple
G. A. Henty
- an ancient catapult for hurling stones, etc
- an ancient form of large crossbow used to propel a spear
Word Origin for ballista
ancient war engine, late 14c., from Latin ballista, literally "a throwing machine," from Greek ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).