long·​bow ˈlȯŋ-ˌbō How to pronounce longbow (audio)
: 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 Bows and Arrows Archer with medieval English longbow and arrows. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 7 Dec. 2023 It is thought that the yew was used to create longbows for his royal archers in the lead-up to the Battle of Bannockburn. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 7 June 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of longbow was in the 14th century

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“Longbow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longbow. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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long·​bow ˈlȯŋ-ˌbō How to pronounce longbow (audio)
: a wooden bow drawn by hand

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