long·​bow | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌbō How to pronounce longbow (audio) \

Definition of longbow

: a hand-drawn wooden bow held vertically and used especially by medieval English archers

Examples of longbow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then there are recurve bows with curved tips that create more energy than the longbow. Patrick Cooke, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 There’s the longbow like the English used to shoot, a D-shaped design, very simple thing. Patrick Cooke, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 The Iceman’s survival gear included a longbow of yew, a quiver of arrows, a copper ax and a kind of crude first-aid kit full of plants with powerful pharmacological properties. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 On Bob’s 12th birthday, his parents gave him his first real bow, a Ben Pearson lemonwood longbow. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2021 Here, Spink walks us through how to make a 68-inch Native American longbow. Andrew Del-colle, Popular Mechanics, 16 Aug. 2020 The English longbow was a powerful medieval weapon said to be able to pierce an opponent's armor and may have been a decisive factor in several key military victories, most notably the Battle of Agincourt. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 May 2020 Historians continue to debate just how effective the longbow was in battle. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 May 2020 An appreciation for the graceful shape of a recurve or longbow is intuitive in people of all ages and instills the urge to brace an arrow and let one fly. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of longbow

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Longbow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longbow. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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