Definitions for ballistabəˈlɪs tə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bal•lis•ta*bəˈlɪs tə(n.)(pl.)-tae

  1. an ancient military engine for throwing stones or other missiles.

    Category: Military

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Origin of ballista:

1590–1600; < L, prob. < Gk *ballistḗs=báll(ein) to throw +-istēs -ist

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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


  1. ballista(Noun)

    An ancient military engine, in the form of a crossbow, used for hurling large missiles.

  2. Origin: From ballista, from βαλλίστρα, from βάλλω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ballista(noun)

    an ancient military engine, in the form of a crossbow, used for hurling large missiles


  1. Ballista

    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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