crossbow

noun
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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So come for the crossbows, etc., and to watch Weaving’s star be born in real time; stay for the socio-economic lessons and sweet, sweet revenge. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "From Midsommar's director's cut to Don't Let Go, 13 movies to see this Labor Day weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 Aboard the research vessel Shearwater, Jooke Robbins—director of humpback whale research at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts—loaded a crossbow with a dart, modified with a specialized tip and yellow float, and took aim. Doug Johnson, Quartz, "Elephants and whales could give us the cure for cancer—unless we keep killing them," 14 Aug. 2019 So come for the crossbows, etc., and to watch Weaving’s star be born in real time; stay for the socio-economic lessons and sweet, sweet revenge. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Ready or Not offers splattery black comedy with real socio-political bite," 20 Aug. 2019 The first year, 19% of hunters used a crossbow during the Michigan archery deer season. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For first time, Wisconsin crossbow deer kill exceeds vertical bow harvest," 13 Jan. 2018 At the time the crossbow was fired, it was not held by either performer. Fox News, "South African illusionist suffers head wound during magic show mishap with crossbow," 3 July 2019 Second, the game has finally given players access to an accurate long-distance stealth weapon (a crossbow!), which already looks like a great improvement over the first game's awkward knife-throwing system. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "E3’s first VR-exclusive gaming press conference was actually pretty rad," 10 June 2019 In human history, this old-school Godzilla-sized crossbow goes by a different name—a ballista. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 Could this be a signal that Bronn will kill Tyrion with that crossbow? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests How Tyrion Lannister Might Die," 3 May 2019

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First Known Use of crossbow

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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crossbow

noun

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

crossbow

noun
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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