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Meaning of TREBUCHET

Pronunciation:  'trebyû`shet

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones

TREBUCHET is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: arbalest, arbalist, bricole, catapult, onager, trebucket
 See Also: artillery, gun, heavy weapon, ordnance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Treb"u*chet\, Trebucket \Tre"buck*et\, n. [OF.
trebuchet, trebukiet, an engine of war for hurling stones, F.
tr['e]buchet a gin, trap, a kind of balance, fr. OF.
trebuchier, trebuquier, to stumble, trip, F. tr['e]bucher.]
1. A cucking stool; a tumbrel. --Cowell.

2. A military engine used in the Middle Ages for throwing
   stones, etc. It acted 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, hurling
   stones with much force.

3. A kind of balance for weighing. [Obs.]