Definition of crossbow in English:



  • A medieval bow of a kind that is fixed across a wooden support and has a groove for the bolt and a mechanism for drawing and releasing the string.

    • ‘The movie features many different races using many different types of longbows and crossbows in warfare.’
    • ‘They used the cars for cover, effectively avoiding the badly-aimed wooden bolts of crossbows.’
    • ‘It houses thousands of weapons, including guns and ammunition, knives, knuckledusters, coshes, crossbows and swords.’
    • ‘Bows fell into three main types: the composite bow, the crossbow, and the longbow.’
    • ‘The crossbows on the other hand were horizontal and would be drawn back and latched.’
    • ‘The crossbow was too popular and too useful in war for either participating side of a war to give up its use.’
    • ‘The weapons unearthed include crossbows, hooks, lances, arrowheads, spears and swords.’
    • ‘Here's another page about crossbows in the medieval period.’
    • ‘Other lethal weapons such as swords, bayonets, crossbows and knives have also been surrendered.’
    • ‘A crossbow, rifles, swords and bayonets were some of the items collected at police stations across the region.’
    • ‘A group of soldiers come out with crossbows ready, their bolts burning at the end.’
    • ‘Still, the bolts on the crossbows were pointed at him and he had no wish to die.’
    • ‘They branched into other sporting goods, including pellet guns, crossbows and daggers.’
    • ‘Alex carefully took a bolt out of her crossbow and held it deftly into her mouth.’
    • ‘He grunted in pain as a bolt from a crossbow tore a gash in his leg, then he plunged into the water and sank.’
    • ‘A goose miraculously survived when two bolts fired from a crossbow went through its neck.’
    • ‘He was hit with a bolt from the crossbow and then struck a number of times across the back of the head.’
    • ‘She took them to several different stands, all selling guns, crossbows, and other kinds of projectile weapons.’
    • ‘The men with crossbows quickly dropped their weapons and unsheathed their swords.’
    • ‘Then one of then pulled out a crossbow and shot arrows above my head.’
    longbow, crossbow, recurve