trebuchet

noun
treb·u·chet | \ˌtre-byə-ˈshet, -bə-, -ˈchet\
variants: or trebucket \ˌtre-bə-ˈket \

Definition of trebuchet 

: a medieval military engine for hurling heavy missiles (such as rocks)

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Google celebrated Garden Day in Germany with a fun game that lets players toss gnomes with a trebuchet. Gina Martinez, Time, "Google's Gnome-Tossing Game May Be Its Most Addictive Doodle Yet," 12 June 2018 The Golden Knights’ playoff pregame shows have been a celebration of Vegas showmanship, and their first Final game started with an extravaganza including archers, a trebuchet, and a spectacular light show. Greg Beacham, BostonGlobe.com, "Vegas Golden Knights take 1-0 lead in Stanley Cup Final," 29 May 2018 Edward ordered the lead roofs from churches as far away as St. Andrews and Perth removed and melted down to provide counterweights for the trebuchets' throwing arms. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Legend of Ludgar the War Wolf, King of the Trebuchets," 1 May 2017 The Golden Knights' playoff pregame shows have been a celebration of Vegas showmanship, and their first Final game started with an extravaganza that included archers, a trebuchet and a spectacular light show. Fox News, "Vegas Golden Knights score 6 goals to get past Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup Final opener," 29 May 2018 Israeli news outlets reported that Palestinians had built an ancient war machine — a trebuchet, or slingshot-like catapult — to hurl heavy stones or even burning tires at the Israeli side. David M. Halbfinger, Iyad Abuheweila And Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "10 Killed in Gaza as Palestinian Protesters Face Off With Israeli Soldiers," 6 Apr. 2018 Typically, trebuchets of this size have a counterweight 100 times bigger than the projectile. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Legend of Ludgar the War Wolf, King of the Trebuchets," 1 May 2017 The reports included photos of the trebuchet but there was no confirmation Friday that it had been deployed. David M. Halbfinger, BostonGlobe.com, "9 killed in Gaza as Palestinian protesters face off with Israeli soldiers," 6 Apr. 2018 The reports included photos of the trebuchet but there was no confirmation on Friday that it had been deployed. David M. Halbfinger, Iyad Abuheweila And Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "10 Killed in Gaza as Palestinian Protesters Face Off With Israeli Soldiers," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of trebuchet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trebuchet

Middle English trebochet, from Anglo-French trebuchet

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