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crossbow Syllabification: cross·bow
Pronunciation: /ˈkrôsˌbō/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /-ˌbōmən/
noun (plural crossbowmen)
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with crossbow

longbow • oxbow
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