What does ballista mean?

Definitions for ballistabəˈlɪs tə

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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ballista

    Balista, bal-lis′ta, n. a Roman military engine in the form of a crossbow, which, like the catapulta and the onager, propelled large and heavy missiles, chiefly through the reaction of a tightly twisted rope, or else by a violent movement of levers.—adj. Ballis′tic, projectile.—ns. Ballis′tic-pen′dulum, an instrument for ascertaining the velocity of military projectiles; Ballis′tite, an improved kind of gunpowder. [L.—Gr. ballein, to throw.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballista in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballista in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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