Pavise
Pavise Pa*vise, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] (Mil. Antiq.) A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it. [Written also {pavais}, {pavese}, and {pavesse}.] --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]

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  • pavise — noun (Middle Ages) a large heavy oblong shield protecting the whole body; originally carried but sometimes set up in permanent position • Syn: ↑pavis • Topics: ↑Middle Ages, ↑Dark Ages • Hypernyms: ↑shield, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pavais — Pavise Pa*vise, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] (Mil. Antiq.) A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pavese — Pavise Pa*vise, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] (Mil. Antiq.) A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pavesse — Pavise Pa*vise, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] (Mil. Antiq.) A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crossbow — This article is about the weapon. For other uses, see Crossbow (disambiguation). Sketch by Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1500 A crossbow is a weapon consisting of a bow mounted on a stock that shoots projectiles, often called bolts or quarrels. The… …   Wikipedia

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