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crossbow

[kraws-boh, kros-]
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noun
  1. a medieval weapon consisting of a bow fixed transversely on a stock having a trigger mechanism to release the bowstring, and often incorporating or accompanied by a mechanism for bending the bow.
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Origin of crossbow

First recorded in 1400–50, crossbow is from the late Middle English word crossbowe. See cross, bow2
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  • He reappeared in his original form, took up his crossbow and shot at the bird.

  • There was the tip of the dog's tail, and the top of the hunter's crossbow.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The arrow is laid on the stock of a crossbow in the proper position for firing.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • He leaped upward, as high as possible, his crossbow in his hand.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • And already they've got iron swords, the crossbow and even a few muskets.

    Adaptation

    Dallas McCord Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for crossbow

crossbow

noun
  1. a type of medieval bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct a square-headed arrow (quarrel)
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Derived Formscrossbowman, noun
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Word Origin and History for crossbow

n.

mid-15c., from cross (n.) + bow (n.1).

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