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 (krôs′bō′, krŏs′-)
A weapon consisting of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves on the stock to direct the projectile.

cross′bow′man n.


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a type of medieval bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct a square-headed arrow (quarrel)
ˈcrossˌbowman n


(ˈkrɔsˌboʊ, ˈkrɒs-)

a medieval weapon consisting of a bow fixed transversely on a stock having a trigger mechanism to release the bowstring, and often incorporating or accompanied by a mechanism for bending the bow.
cross′bow`man, n., pl. -men.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crossbow - a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)crossbow - a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)
bow - a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
قَوْس ونشّاب


[ˈkrɒsbəʊ] Nballesta f


[ˈkrɒsbəʊ] narbalète fcross-bred crossbred [ˈkrɒsbrɛd] adj [animal] → croisé(e)cross-breed crossbreed [ˈkrɒsbriːd]
n (= animal) → hybride m, métis(se) m/f
vi [animals, plants] → se croiser
to cross-breed with sth → se croiser avec qch
vt [+ animals, plants] → croiser
to crossbreed sth with sth → croiser qch avec qchcross-breeding [ˈkrɒsbriːdɪŋ] n [animals] → croisement m; [plants] → hybridation fcross-Channel cross-channel [ˌkrɒsˈtʃænəl] adj [shoppers, visitors, passengers] → d'outre-Manche; [traffic, train] → trans-Manche cross-Channel ferrycross-Channel ferry nferry m trans-Manchecross-check
nrecoupement m
vivérifier par recoupement
to cross-check with sb → vérifier avec qn
to cross-check with sth, to cross-check against sth [+ file, records] → revérifier dans qch
[ˌkrɒsˈtʃɛk] vt [+ details, information] → vérifier par recoupement
to cross-check sth with sb → vérifier qch auprès de qn
to cross-check sth with sth, to cross-check sth against sth [+ file, records] → comparer qch à qchcross-country [ˈkrɒskʌntrɪ]
n (= race) → cross m
(SPORT) [championships, race, course] → de cross
cross-country skiing → ski m de fond
(crossing an area) [journey] → à travers le pays; [railway, rail service] → qui traverse le pays
(across open countryside) [hiking, walking, driving] → à travers champs; [driving] → à travers la campagne
[ˌkrɒsˈkʌntrɪ] adv [hike, walk] → à travers champs; [drive] → à travers la campagnecross-cultural [ˌkrɒsˈkʌltʃərəl] adj [study, development, perspective, research, music] → interculturel(le)cross-current crosscurrent [ˈkrɒskʌrənt] (mainly US) n
(lit) (in water)contre-courant m
(fig) (= conflicting ideas, traditions) → contre-courant mcross-dress [ˌkrɒsˈdrɛs] vise travestir
to cross-dress as a woman → se travestir en femme
to cross-dress as a man → se travestir en hommecross-dresser [ˌkrɒsˈdrɛsər] n (= transvestite) → travesti(e) m/fcross-dressing [ˌkrɒsˈdrɛsɪŋ] n (= transvestism) → travestisme m, transvestisme mcross-examination [ˌkrɒsɪgzæmɪˈneɪʃən] n (LAW)contre-interrogatoire mcross-examine vt [ˌkrɒsɪgˈzæmɪn]
(gen) (= interrogate) → interroger (de façon serrée)
(LAW) (in court)faire subir un contre-interrogatoire àcross-eyed [ˌkrɒsˈaɪd] adj [person] to be cross-eyed → louchercross-fertilize [ˌkrɒsɪgˈfɜːrtɪlaɪz] vtcroiser


[ˈkrɒsˌbəʊ] nbalestra


(kros) plural ˈcrosses noun
1. a symbol formed by two lines placed across each other, eg + or x.
2. two wooden beams placed thus (+), on which Christ was nailed.
3. the symbol of the Christian religion.
4. a lasting cause of suffering etc. Your rheumatism is a cross you will have to bear.
5. the result of breeding two varieties of animal or plant. This dog is a cross between an alsatian and a labrador.
6. a monument in the shape of a cross.
7. any of several types of medal given for bravery etc. the Victoria Cross.
1. to go from one side to the other. Let's cross (the street); This road crosses the swamp.
2. (negative uncross) to place (two things) across each other. He sat down and crossed his legs.
3. to go or be placed across (each other). The roads cross in the centre of town.
4. to meet and pass. Our letters must have crossed in the post.
5. to put a line across. Cross your `t's'.
6. to make (a cheque or postal order) payable only through a bank by drawing two parallel lines across it.
7. to breed (something) from two different varieties. I've crossed two varieties of rose.
8. to go against the wishes of. If you cross me, you'll regret it!
1. going or placed across. cross-winds; cross-pieces.
2. of mixed variety. a cross-breed.
ˈcrossing noun
1. a place where a road etc may be crossed. a pedestrian-crossing; a level-crossing.
2. a journey over the sea. I was seasick as it was a very rough crossing.
ˈcrossbow noun
a medieval type of bow fixed to a shaft with a mechanism for pulling back and releasing the string.
ˈcross-breed noun
an animal bred from two different breeds.
ˈcross-bred adjective
ˌcrossˈcheck verb
to check information, calculations etc by using different sources or a different method.
the act of crosschecking.
cross-ˈcountry adjective
across fields etc, not on roads. a cross-country run.
ˌcross-country ˈskiing noun
the sport of skiing with narrow skis across the countryside, through woods etc.
ˌcross-exˈamine verb
in a court of law, to test or check the previous evidence of (a witness) by questioning him.
ˈcross-exˌamiˈnation noun
ˌcross-ˈeyed adjective
having a squint.
ˈcross-fire noun
the crossing of lines of gunfire from two or more points.
at cross-purposes
of two or more people, confused about what they are saying or doing because of misunderstanding one another. I think we're talking at cross-purposes.
ˌcross-reˈfer verb
to give a cross-reference (to). In this dictionary went is cross-referred to go.
ˌcross-ˈreference noun
a reference from one part of a book, list etc to another, eg crept see creep.
ˈcrossroads noun singular
a place where two or more roads cross or meet. At the crossroads we'll have to decide which road to take.
ˌcross-ˈsection noun
1. (a drawing etc of) the area or surface made visible by cutting through something, eg an apple.
2. a sample as representative of the whole. He interviewed a cross-section of the audience to get their opinion of the play.
crossword (puzzle)
a square word-puzzle in which the blanks in a pattern of blank and solid checks are to be filled with words reading across and down, the words being found from clues.
cross one's fingers
to place a finger across the one next to it, for good luck.
cross out
to draw a line through. He crossed out all her mistakes.
References in classic literature ?
Like a bolt from a crossbow my splendid craft shot its steel prow straight at the whirring propellers of the giant above us.
To proceed: every time he passed with his vessel he anchored in a cove that was not two crossbow shots from the garden where Zoraida was waiting; and there the renegade, together with the two Moorish lads that rowed, used purposely to station himself, either going through his prayers, or else practising as a part what he meant to perform in earnest.
Virginia crossbow hunters now enjoy a 45 percent success rate, compared to 36 percent for conventional archers.
For instance, in my native state of Utah a hunter may use a crossbow only during archery season, after applying for and obtaining a disability exemption.
A toothpick for ammunition may not seem particularly dangerous, but when swapped with a metal needle, the crossbow becomes a weapon.
As a teenager I tried making a crossbow using a section of a car leaf spring for the prod.
For each crossbow or bow sold between June 1 and Nov.
Nearly all states allow hunters to use a crossbow as one form of archery equipment.
B), a US-based company that designs, manufactures, and integrates precision control components and systems, has acquired US-based, Crossbow Technology, Inc.
However, a statistical analysis of accident rates comparing crossbow hunters with vertical bow hunters over the last 30 years reveals identical safety records.
I picked one, eased the crossbow up, put the scope's red dot right behind her shoulder, and very gently squeezed the trigger.
For the record, Bowhunter has never served crossbow hunters, but let's be clear: We support all legitimate and legal outdoors sports.