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
Recent Examples of crossbow from the Web
Joshua C. Taylor is accused of pointing a crossbow, which had a laser attached, at one Carpentersville police officer and then resisting a second officer during a May 18 incident, according to charging documents.
Joffrey threatens his unwilling fiancee Sansa Stark with a crossbow, then orders his bodyguard Meryn Trant to beat her and tear at her clothes.
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First Known Use of crossbow
CROSSBOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of crossbow for English Language Learners
: a weapon that shoots arrows and that consists of a short bow attached to a longer piece of wood
CROSSBOW Defined for Kids
Definition of crossbow for Students
: a short strip mounted crosswise near the end of a wooden stock that shoots short arrows
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