noun Date: 14th century a hand-drawn wooden bow held vertically and used especially by medieval English archers

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  • longbow — [lôŋ′bō΄] n. a large bow drawn by hand and shooting a long, feathered arrow: cf. CROSSBOW draw the longbow or pull the longbow to exaggerate in telling something …   English World dictionary

  • Longbow — Long bow , n. The ordinary bow, not mounted on a stock; so called in distinction from the {crossbow} when both were used as weapons of war. Also, sometimes, such a bow of about the height of a man, as distinguished from a much shorter one. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • longbow — also long bow, the characteristic medieval English weapon, c.1500, from LONG (Cf. long) (adj.) + BOW (Cf. bow) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • longbow — ► NOUN ▪ a large bow drawn by hand and shooting a long feathered arrow …   English terms dictionary

  • Longbow — To see other senses of this word, see longbow (disambiguation). A longbow is a type of bow that is tall (roughly equal to the height of a person who uses it), is not significantly recurved and has relatively narrow limbs, that are circular or D… …   Wikipedia

  • longbow — /lawng boh , long /, n. 1. a large bow drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries. 2. draw the longbow, to exaggerate in telling stories; overstate something: He s sure to draw the longbow on the size of… …   Universalium

  • longbow — UK [ˈlɒŋˌbəʊ] / US [ˈlɔŋˌboʊ] noun [countable] Word forms longbow : singular longbow plural longbows a weapon for shooting arrows made from a long curved piece of wood and a string, used for fighting and hunting in the past …   English dictionary

  • Longbow — The longbow was a weapon with a lethal range of 250+ yards; the best bows were made of yew. Experienced archers could loose up to six arrows a minute. Its potential when used in large numbers was recognised by King Edward III. [< OldEngl. boga …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Longbow — A traditional vertically held english bow used between the 13th and 16th centuries. The weapon of the archer, used for launching arrows, developed in Europe. Compare it with the shorter composite bow of the Saracen, which had a shorter draw but… …   Medieval glossary

  • longbow — noun /ˈlɒŋbəʊ/ A large bow that has a strong tension, and is usually more than 3 feet tall. The most famous longbows in history were the English longbows, which were crafted of yew …   Wiktionary

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