Trebucket
Trebuchet 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. A kind of balance for weighing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • trebucket — Castigatory Cas ti*ga*to*ry, n. An instrument formerly used to punish and correct arrant scolds; called also a {ducking stool}, or {trebucket}. Blacktone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trebucket — noun see trebuchet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trebucket — noun A torture device for dunking suspected witches by means of a chair attached to the end of a long pole …   Wiktionary

  • trebucket — tre·buck·et …   English syllables

  • trebucket — Same as ducking stool …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • trebucket — noun an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles • Syn: ↑catapult, ↑arbalest, ↑arbalist, ↑ballista, ↑bricole, ↑mangonel, ↑onager, ↑trebuchet …   Useful english dictionary

  • Castigatory — Cas ti*ga*to*ry, n. An instrument formerly used to punish and correct arrant scolds; called also a {ducking stool}, or {trebucket}. Blacktone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ducking stool — Castigatory Cas ti*ga*to*ry, n. An instrument formerly used to punish and correct arrant scolds; called also a {ducking stool}, or {trebucket}. Blacktone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trebuchet — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trebuchet — or trebucket noun Etymology: Middle English trebochet, from Anglo French trebuchet Date: 15th century a medieval military engine for hurling heavy missiles (as rocks) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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