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 (trĕb′yə-shĕt′) also treb·uc·ket (-ə-kĕt′)
A medieval catapult for hurling heavy stones, often employing a long sling.

[Middle English, from Old French, from trebucher, to overthrow : tre-, over (from Latin trāns-; see trans-) + but, trunk of the body (of Germanic origin).]


(ˈtrɛbjʊˌʃɛt) or


(Historical Terms) a large medieval siege engine for hurling missiles consisting of a sling on a pivoted wooden arm set in motion by the fall of a weight
[C13: from Old French, from trebuchier to stumble, from tre- trans- + -buchier, from buc trunk of the body, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German būh belly, Old English buc]
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Noun1.trebuchet - an engine that provided medieval artillery used during siegestrebuchet - an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
engine - an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.; "medieval engines of war"