cross·​bow ˈkrȯs-ˌbō How to pronounce crossbow (audio)
: 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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Examples of crossbow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Particularly for a series aimed toward women, without a sword, crossbow or lightsaber in sight. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 But when a marine archaeologist working for MI6 is gunned down, his daughter (Carole Bouquet, deadly with a crossbow) is out for payback with Bond's help. Chris Nashawaty,, 29 May 2024 He also was charged with a hunting and fishing license violation, using another’s license, a misdemeanor, and other conservation violations, shooting game from a vehicle, and possessing a bow or crossbow in a vehicle operated on public land or roads. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2024 Eventually, Bobby Beeman harvested the massive whitetail with a crossbow. Josh Honeycutt, Outdoor Life, 27 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for crossbow 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crossbow was in the 15th century

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“Crossbow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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cross·​bow -ˌbō How to pronounce crossbow (audio)
: a short bow mounted crosswise near the end of a wooden stock that shoots short arrows

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