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[kraws-boh, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌboʊ, ˈkrɒs-/
a medieval weapon consisting of a bow fixed transversely on a stock having a trigger mechanism to release the bowstring, and often incorporating or accompanied by a mechanism for bending the bow.
Origin of crossbow
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English crossbowe. See cross, bow2 Unabridged
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  • On the floor of his apartment is a radio-controlled toy tank, and on the wall is a crossbow that shoots rubber-tipped darts.
  • Deer taken with crossbows will be registered as taken with a crossbow.
  • Authorizes the department of environmental conservation to promulgate standards authorizing hunting with a crossbow.
  • It is legal to hunt bear from a raised platform or tree stand when using a firearm, bow or crossbow.
  • The closure will delay by one day the scheduled opening of archery and crossbow deer hunting on the area.
  • The crossbow and eventually the longbow supplanted it as sniper weapon.
British Dictionary definitions for crossbow


a type of medieval bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct a square-headed arrow (quarrel)
Derived Forms
crossbowman, noun
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Word Origin and History for crossbow

mid-15c., from cross (n.) + bow (n.1).

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