ballista
noun (plural ballistae) Etymology: Latin, from Greek *ballistēs, from ballein to throw — more at devil Date: 14th century an ancient military engine often in the form of a crossbow for hurling large missiles

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  • Ballista — Bal*lis ta, n.; pl. {Ballist[ae]}. [L. ballista, balista, fr. Gr. ba llein to throw.] An ancient military engine, in the form of a crossbow, used for hurling large missiles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ballista — ancient war engine, late 14c., from L. ballista, lit. a throwing machine, from Gk. ballein to throw (see BALLISTICS (Cf. ballistics)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ballista — [bə lis′tə] n. pl. ballistae [bə lis′tē] [L < Gr * ballistēs < ballein, to throw: see BALL2] a device, resembling a large mounted crossbow, used in ancient warfare to hurl heavy stones and similar missiles …   English World dictionary

  • Ballista — The ballista (Latin, from Greek βαλλίστρα ballistra , from βάλλω ballō , to throw ), plural ballistae, was a weapon developed from earlier Greek crossbows. It relied upon different mechanics using instead of a prod two levers with torsion springs …   Wikipedia

  • Ballista — Callistus († 261), genannt Ballista (Katapult), war der Prätorianerpräfekt des römischen Kaisers Valerian (vielleicht aber auch erst unter Macrianus Minor), als dieser von den Sassaniden gefangen genommen und später getötet wurde. Leben Die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • BALLISTA — I. BALLISTA machina militaris, cuius mentio, apud Aul. Gellium l. 6. c. 3. ubi de inusitatae magnitudinis serpente, ad Bagradam fluv. ab Attilio Regulo Cons. oppugnato, verba facit: Eum, inquit, magnâ totius exercitus conflictione, ballistis… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Ballista — La ballista (latín, de griego ballistes, de ballein tirar ) es una arma fuerza como una ballesta, para expulsar dardos grandes únicamente o en grupos. También se llama tirador de pestillos. Bastillae romanas disparaban piedras grandes en el lugar …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • ballista — /beuh lis teuh/, n., pl. ballistae / tee/. an ancient military engine for throwing stones or other missiles. [1590 1600; < L, prob. < Gk *ballistás, dial. var. of *ballistés, equiv. to báll(ein) to throw + istes IST] * * * Ancient missile… …   Universalium

  • ballista — noun An ancient military engine, in the form of a crossbow, used for hurling large missiles …   Wiktionary

  • ballista — bal·lì·sta s.m. e f. CO fam., chi è solito raccontare bugie o storie inverosimili Sinonimi: bugiardo, cacciaballe, contaballe, contastorie. {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1942 …   Dizionario italiano

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