Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wooden crossbow with a special drawing mechanism, used to fire bolts, stones etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crossbow. See arbalest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as arbalist.

Etymologies

From Old French arbaleste (modern arbalète), from late Latin arcuballista, from arcus ‘bow’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • * The arblast was a cross-bow, the windlace the machine

    Ivanhoe

  • 33 The arblast was a cross-bow, the windlace the machine used in bending that weapon, and the quarrell, so called from its square or diamond-shaped head, was the bolt adapted to it.

    Ivanhoe

  • -- - Here be two arblasts, comrades, with windlaces and quarrells The arblast was a cross-bow, the windlace the machine used in bending that weapon, and the quarrell, so called from its square or diamond-shaped head, was the bolt adapted to it. -- - to the barbican with you, and see you drive each bolt through a Saxon brain. "

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • “Unbend thy arblast, and come into the moonlight,” said the

    The Talisman

  • Their foot-ranks carry a missile weapon unknown to us, termed an arblast, or cross-bow.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • This vessel contained upwards of a hundred valiant warriors, several of them of knightly order, who had all night toiled at the humble labours of the oar, and now in the morning applied their chivalrous hands to the arblast and to the bow, which were in general accounted the weapons of persons of a lower rank.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • Swift as thought the veteran archer raised his arblast to his shoulder, the whizzing bolt fled from the ringing string, and the next moment crashed quivering into the corselet of Plantagenet.

    Burlesques

  • They are forbidden by our statutes to take one bird by means of another, to shoot beasts with bow or arblast, to halloo to a hunting-horn, or to spur the horse after game.

    Ivanhoe

  • Arblaster may have either made or used the arblast or cross-bow, medieval Lat. arcubalista, bow-sling.

    The Romance of Names

  • ` ` Unbend thy arblast, and come into the moonlight, '' said the

    The Talisman

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  • (n): a medieval crossbow. Also arbalest.

    January 19, 2009

  • Old French (with a bit of bleeding over into English) for 'weapon.'

    February 11, 2007