springald
or springal noun Etymology: probably from Middle English, a kind of catapult, from Anglo-French espringal Date: 1501 archaic ; a young man ; stripling

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  • Springald — Springal Spring al (spr[i^]ng al), Springald Spring ald (spr[i^]ng ald), Springall Spring all (spr[i^]ng al), n. [Scot. springald, springel, fr. Scot. & E. spring.] An active, springy young man. [Obs.] There came two springals of full tender… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Springald — A Springald is a late 12th/13century mechanical artillery device for throwing large bolts and less commonly stones or Greek fire, based around the design of a contemporary crossbow and a Greek ballista, but with inward swinging arms.Examples have …   Wikipedia

  • springald — noun /ˈsprɪŋəld/ A youth; a young man, a stripling. , 1819: this same springald, who conceals his name, and despises our proffered hospitality, hath already gained one prize, and may now afford to let others have their turn. Walter Scott, Ivanhoe …   Wiktionary

  • springald — /spring euhld/, n. a youth; young fellow. [1400 50; late ME, alter. (by dissimilation) of *springard leaper, jumper. See SPRING, ARD] * * * …   Universalium

  • Springald — Military machine used for throwing rocks, using the same principle as a catapult. [< OldFr. espringalle < espringeur = a spring] Cf. Mangonel; Trebuchet …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Springald — ♦ War engine of the catapult type, employing tension. (Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 227) Related terms: Ballista, Bombard, Catapult, Espringale, Mangonel, Trebuchet …   Medieval glossary

  • springald — spring·ald …   English syllables

  • springald — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Loamhedge — infobox Book | name = Loamhedge title orig = translator = image caption = UK 1st Edition Cover author = Brian Jacques illustrator = David Elliot cover artist = David Wyatt country = United Kingdom language = English series = Redwall genre =… …   Wikipedia

  • Springal — Spring al (spr[i^]ng al), Springald Spring ald (spr[i^]ng ald), Springall Spring all (spr[i^]ng al), n. [Scot. springald, springel, fr. Scot. & E. spring.] An active, springy young man. [Obs.] There came two springals of full tender years.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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