trebuchet

noun
treb·​u·​chet | \ ˌtre-byə-ˈshet How to pronounce trebuchet (audio) , -bə-, -ˈchet \
variants: or trebucket \ ˌtre-​bə-​ˈket How to pronounce trebuchet (audio) \

Definition of trebuchet

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

Examples of trebuchet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since 1986, Delaware was known for hosting the annual Punkin Chunkin in Sussex County the first weekend after Halloween, a competition consisting of hurling gourds as far as possibly by human muscle, catapult, centrifuge, trebuchet or air cannon. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2020 Come to think of it, who even needs trebuchet-proof glass? Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2019 Use medieval trebuchets to fire pumpkins into the air while enjoying food, drink, music and family activities. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, 28 Oct. 2019 Sometimes, instead of catapults or trebuchets, the attacking army would use miners. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, 11 Apr. 2019 Google celebrated Garden Day in Germany with a fun game that lets players toss gnomes with a trebuchet. Gina Martinez, Time, 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, 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, 1 May 2017 See More

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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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“Trebuchet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trebuchet. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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