arbalest (n.) "crossbow," c.1300, from O.Fr. arbaleste "large crossbow with a crank" (12c., Mod.Fr. arbalète), from V.L. arbalista, from L.L. arcuballista "catapult," from L. arcus "bow" (see ARC (Cf. arc) (n.)) + ballista "machine for throwing projectiles" (see BALLISTIC (Cf. ballistic)). Ger. armbrust is from the same French word but mangled by folk etymology.

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  • Arbalest — Ar ba*lest, Arbalist Ar ba*list, n. [OF. arbaleste, LL. arbalista, for L. arcuballista; arcus bow + ballista a military engine. See {Ballista}.] (Antiq.) A crossbow, consisting of a steel bow set in a shaft of wood, furnished with a string and a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arbalest — [är′bəlistär′bə lest΄] n. [ME arbelaste < OFr arbaleste < LL arcuballista < L arcus, a bow (see ARC) + ballista, BALLISTA] a medieval crossbow consisting of a steel bow set crosswise in a wooden shaft with a mechanism to bend the bow: it …   English World dictionary

  • Arbalest — The arbalest (also arblast) was a late variation of the medieval European crossbow. A larger weapon, the arbalest had a steel prod ( bow ). Since an arbalest was much larger than earlier crossbows, and because of the greater tensile strength of… …   Wikipedia

  • Arbalest — Ein Armbrustschütz beim Laden seiner Arbalest Die Arbalest (auch Arbalst genannt) war ein im Spätmittelalter verwendetes Modell der Armbrust. Beschreibung und Verwendung Diese Armbrust war eine etwas größere Variante der schon im Frühmittelalter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • arbalest — or arbalist noun Etymology: Middle English arblast, from Anglo French arblaste, arcbaleste, from Late Latin arcuballista, from Latin arcus bow + ballista more at arrow Date: before 12th century a crossbow especially of medieval times …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • arbalest — arbalester, arbalister /ahr beuh lis teuhr/, n. /ahr beuh list/, n. a powerful medieval crossbow with a steel bow, used to shoot stones, metal balls, arrows, etc. Also, arbalist. [bef. 1100; < OF arbaleste < OPr < LL arcuballista (see ARC,… …   Universalium

  • arbalest — noun A late form of medieval crossbow, having a steel prod, or bow …   Wiktionary

  • arbalest — n. medieval crossbow which shot arrows or stones …   English contemporary dictionary

  • arbalest — [ α:bəlɛst] (also arblast) noun historical a crossbow with a mechanism for drawing back and releasing the string. Origin OE arblast, from OFr. arbaleste, from late L. arcubalista, from L. arcus bow + ballista (see ballista) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Arbalest — A very strong crossbow that had a bow made out of steel and a mechanical winding system. (Ger. Armbrust, Crossbow) The correct term for a crossbow, introduced early in the 14th century. The crossbow consisted of a bow mounted on a stock that… …   Medieval glossary

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