The cross-bow, or arbalist, was a popular weapon with the Etolians, and was introduced into England in the thirteenth century.
An arbalist or cross-bow man; also the corruption of alabaster.
Shoots excellently with the bow or arbalist, rides, swims, is a master of fence with the small sword.
In the meantime here is Wat with his arbalist and a bolt in his girdle.
Another name for the crossbow was 'arbalist,' and its arrows were called quarils, or bolts.
He had brought his arbalist to his shoulder, when a commotion arose among the onlookers.
Betwixt the third couple of towers were the butts for arquebus, crossbow, and arbalist.
Then may come the English long-bow (far more rapid in its fire191 than the arbalist), and the day of the infantry will return.
"crossbow," c.1300, from Old French arbaleste "large crossbow with a crank" (12c., Modern French arbalète), from Vulgar Latin arbalista, from Late Latin arcuballista "catapult," from Latin arcus "bow" (see arc (n.)) + ballista "machine for throwing projectiles" (see ballistic). German armbrust is from the same French word but mangled by folk etymology.