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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Pieces in the exhibit range from an arrow from Custer's last stand to a 19th-century Chinese crossbow to samurai armor and more. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to do in Milwaukee this weekend: Oct. 6-8," 5 Oct. 2017 Meanwhile, his comrades peppered my troops with arrows and crossbow bolts. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Wildlands may be the slickest, simplest fantasy skirmish game ever made," 1 Dec. 2018 Hunt your Thanksgiving centerpiece yourself, with a crossbow. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 The longbow and crossbow gave way to the firearm, the horse and rider gave way to the tank, and the battleship gave way to the aircraft carrier. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is the Age of the Aircraft Carrier Coming to an End?," 29 Aug. 2016 Ten children removed from a filthy California home in late March were waterboarded and were hit with crossbows, among other violent acts, Solano County prosecutors said Wednesday. Fox News, "Ten children removed from filthy California home were waterboarded, hit with crossbows and BBs, prosecutors say," 16 May 2018 The Broward Sheriff's Office says Rodriguez has admitted to firing shots from a tactical pistol crossbow while driving around Pompano Beach. Fox News, "Deputies link man in crossbow shooting to other attacks," 7 June 2018 On May 9, it was discovered that arrows, which appeared to have been shot from a crossbow, had damaged windows of a home under construction on the 400 block of South Clifton Avenue, police said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Park Ridge police: Man accused of spitting on driver; arrows shot at windows of house," 18 May 2018 The Double-Dealer, the latest blaster in the Doomlands line, features a cool crossbow-esque design. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf's New Double-Dealer Doomlands Blaster Lets You Drown Your Foes in Darts," 25 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of crossbow

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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