cross·​bow | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌbō How to pronounce crossbow (audio) \

Definition of crossbow

: a weapon for shooting quarrels and stones that consists chiefly of a short bow mounted crosswise near the end of a stock

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Recent Examples on the Web The location work is spectacular, and Bouquet’s Malina Havelock is one of the greatest of all Bond girls, with her quest for revenge – and her handiness with a crossbow – adding a bracing dose of melodrama to the proceedings. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021 Nobody lives here now, just the occasional walker to put a crossbow bolt into. Erik Kain, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Simon was positioned next to a white balloon target, and Sofía was instructed to release a crossbow in his direction while blindfolded. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2021 Perez is fine, Winstead is unexpectedly funny as a crossbow-wielding tough, and Smollett-Bell gets a triumphant moment that brings to mind Kung Fu Hustle. James Grebey, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 The war is on between the Joes, including crossbow-wielding heroine Scarlett (Samara Weaving), and Cobra, represented by femme fatale Baroness (Úrsula Corberó), but their overarching conflict doesn’t completely take over the narrative. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 At the beginning of the prank, Ryan and Amberlynn invited both Simon and Sofía on stage to get involved in a crossbow trick. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2021 Amberlynn then instructed Sofía to pull the trigger on the crossbow as soon as Ryan told her to do so. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2021 After Vergara was blindfolded, Amberlynn removed the arrow from the crossbow entirely without telling Vergara. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of crossbow

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Crossbow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crossbow

: a weapon that shoots arrows and that consists of a short bow attached to a longer piece of wood


cross·​bow | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌbō How to pronounce crossbow (audio) \

Kids Definition of crossbow

: a short strip mounted crosswise near the end of a wooden stock that shoots short arrows

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