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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Examples of crossbow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several days later, the complex’s manager told police that Hasting lived in a nearby trailer and owned a crossbow, the affidavit says. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man wounds cat with crossbow, Arlington police say," 24 Aug. 2020 There also was a toy crossbow with the bow portion removed in the car. cleveland, "Motorist shares secret with police -- he is drunk: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 30 July 2020 The 2020 Wisconsin deer hunting opportunities open Sept. 12 with the crossbow and archery seasons. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "NRB reverses decision on antlerless deer permits in four counties, sustains it in seven others," 30 July 2020 Buried in the garden, police found 2 kilograms of PETN plastic explosives, a detonator, a fuse, an AK-47, a silencer, two knives, a crossbow, and thousands of rounds of ammunition — much of it believed to have been stolen from the military. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’," 3 July 2020 Ward cuts off the radio and chases John B through the boat with the hook, while John B somehow finds a crossbow. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "Outer Banks Season 1 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-10," 16 Apr. 2020 Still, this is a top-end crossbow with top-end performance and features. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Best New Crossbows of the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 13 Jan. 2020 The head has a 2-inch cutting diameter and the company says the design is compatible with even the fastest crossbows. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "12 Hot New Broadheads for 2019," 15 Jan. 2019 For instance, the d20 is shaped like a powder keg, the d12 is a gem, the two d10s are loot bags, the d8 is a crossbow bolt, the d6 looks like a vial of poison, and the d4 is a dagger. Popular Science, "Polyhedral gaming dice are the weapons of your imagination," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of crossbow

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Crossbow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossbow. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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crossbow

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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

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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