cross·bow | \ˈkrȯs-ˌbō \

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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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 In Sun’s bedroom, authorities found a military-style ballistic vest, a crossbow with scope and light, 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a military ski mask, an ammunition clip loader, and a strangulation apparatus called a garrote. Erin Mccarthy,, "Foreign exchange student faces new federal charge after Delaware County school shooting threat," 6 June 2018 Investigators watched carefully as obshchak flowed to fund his lifestyle, with everything from cash and cigarettes to bottles of Grey Goose vodka and Johnnie Walker Black Scotch to a high-end crossbow. Garrett Graff, Longreads, "A Vor Never Sleeps," 5 June 2018 District Attorney Rich Bower said Friday that police found a semiautomatic rifle, a shotgun, two machetes, throwing knives, two lever-action rifles, a revolver, a crossbow with arrows and bulk ammunition. Washington Post, "Supreme Court stays execution of inmate," 7 Mar. 2018 This shop does not sell florescent orange camouflage vests or mechanized crossbows. Heather Radke, Longreads, "A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing With Your Father," 16 June 2018 Each one is centered around a weapon type: sniper, grenade launcher, and crossbow. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Five new things we learned about The Division 2 today," 11 June 2018 Investigators urge anyone with information about the crossbow attacks to contact Detective Larry Heath at 954-321-4719. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Serial crossbow sniper? Deputies link man accused of shooting teen to four other attacks," 7 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of crossbow

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

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