Definitions for ballistabəˈlɪs tə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an ancient military engine for throwing stones or other missiles.
Origin of ballista:
1590–1600; < L, prob. < Gk *ballistḗs=báll(ein) to throw +-istēs -ist
catapult, arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager, trebuchet, trebucket(noun)
an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
An ancient military engine, in the form of a crossbow, used for hurling large missiles.
Origin: From ballista, from βαλλίστρα, from βάλλω.
an ancient military engine, in the form of a crossbow, used for hurling large missiles
The ballista, plural ballistae, was an ancient missile weapon that launched a large projectile at a distant target. Developed from earlier Greek weapons, it relied upon different mechanics, using two levers with torsion springs instead of a prod, the springs consisting of several loops of twisted skeins. Early versions projected heavy darts or spherical stone projectiles of various sizes for siege warfare. It developed into a smaller sniper weapon, the scorpio, and possibly the polybolos.
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