Definition of crossbow in English:


Line breaks: cross|bow
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒsbəʊ


  • 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.
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    • 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.



noun (plural crossbowmen)
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  • He quickly formed his army up to meet an attack, but his crossbowmen were still on the other side of the river.
  • The crusaders consisted mainly of knights and some crossbowmen.
  • Dozens of sentries and crossbowmen kept watch on the battlements, and mounted cavalry patrolled the keep walls and the surrounding area.

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