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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catapult, arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager, trebuchet, trebucketnoun

    an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles


  1. trebuchetnoun

    A medieval siege engine consisting of a large pivoting arm heavily weighted on one end. Considered to be the technological successor to the catapult.

  2. Etymology: From trebuchet, trebuket et al. (modern trébuchet), from trebuchier, from tre- +, from buc, from Old, from būkaz, from bʰōw-. Cognate with buh, buc. More at bouk.


  1. Trebuchet

    A trebuchet (French: trébuchet) is a type of catapult that uses a long arm to throw a projectile. It was a common powerful siege engine until the advent of gunpowder. The design of a trebuchet allows it to launch projectiles of greater weights and further distances than that of a traditional catapult. There are two main types of trebuchet. The first is the traction trebuchet, or mangonel, which uses manpower to swing the arm. It first appeared in China in the 4th century BC. Carried westward by the Avars, the technology was adopted by the Byzantines in the late 6th century AD and by their neighbors in the following centuries. The later, and often larger and more powerful, counterweight trebuchet, also known as the counterpoise trebuchet, uses a counterweight to swing the arm. It appeared in both Christian and Muslim lands around the Mediterranean in the 12th century, and was carried back to China by the Mongols in the 13th century.


  1. trebuchet

    A trebuchet is a type of catapult, used in the Middle Ages, designed to hurl large stones or other heavy projectiles. It operates on the principle of leverage, with a large counterweight on one end that, when released, allows the catapulting arm to swing forth with great force. This medieval siege weapon was widely recognized for its ability to destroy or damage fortifications and structures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trebuchetnoun

    alt. of Trebucket


  1. Trebuchet

    A trebuchet is a siege engine that was employed in the Middle Ages. It is sometimes called a "counterweight trebuchet" or "counterpoise trebuchet" in order to distinguish it from an earlier weapon that has come to be called the "traction trebuchet", which employed pulling men working the mechanism. The counterweight trebuchet appeared in both Christian and Muslim lands around the Mediterranean in the twelfth century. It could fling projectiles of up to three hundred and fifty pounds at high speeds into enemy fortifications. The trebuchet did not become obsolete until the 15th century, well after the introduction of gunpowder, which appeared in Europe in the second half of the 13th century. Trebuchet's technical constructions were lost at the beginning of the 16th century. First modern reconstruction of a Trebuchet based on epoch documents was made in France by the engineer Renaud Beffeyte in 1984.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trebuchet

    treb′ū-shet, n. a military engine like the ballista. [O. Fr.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. trebuchet

    An engine of old to cast stones and batter walls.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. trebuchet

    A machine used in the Middle Ages for throwing stones, etc., acting by means of a great weight fastened to the short arm of a lever, which, being let fall, raised the end of the long arm with great velocity, and hurled stones with much force.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trebuchet in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trebuchet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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