meaning of ballista

ballista meaning in General Dictionary

an old army motor in the shape of a crossbow used for hurling big missiles

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  • an engine that supplied medieval artillery used during sieges; much war motor for hurling large rocks alongside missiles
  • an old armed forces motor, in the form of a crossbow, used for hurling huge missiles.

ballista meaning in Etymology Dictionary

ancient war engine, belated 14c., from Latin ballista, literally "a throwing machine," from Greek ballein "to put" (see ballistics).


ballista - German to English

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ballista meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) An ancient armed forces engine, by means of a crossbow, used for hurling huge missiles.


Sentence Examples with the word ballista

Long by I broad, the Ballista Islets, and farther north the three famous Chincha Islands, whose vast guano deposits are now exhausted.

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