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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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Trebuchets usually consisted of a pair of triangular side frames supporting a cross beam, which acted as an off-centre pivot for a long beam.
In the heyday of the deadly weapons, trebuchets were used to deliver such harrowing payloads as burning bolders, rotting corpses, beehives and even live prisoners.
Over the next year students will be collaborating in groups to make race cars from recycled rubbish, bouncing balls made from custard, egg landers, catapults and trebuchets, Christmas crafts, wave generators and much more These are just a few of the exciting projects the STEM club will explore as limitations are endless.
Machinam means "siege engine," as in the catapults, trebuchets and battering rams the Roman Empire builders used to grind down the fortifications of their Eurasian conquests.
Irecently went to a "Pumpkin Sling" (aka Punkin' Chunkin') where participants designed trebuchets to see who could get their machine to throw a pumpkin the farthest.
The museum will host its third annual trebuchet contest that day, during which local teams will bring their custom-built, four-foot trebuchets and compete against each other.
Throughout history trebuchets were used to hurl huge projectiles to breach castle walls, with large rocks and stones the main ammunition.
Emily also works hard to maintain the machine, as well as teaching the public all about the history of trebuchets.
Back in the Middle Ages, weapons called trebuchets were used to take advantage of this principle, using mechanical advantage and the gravitational potential energy of a counterweight to hurl rocks and other projectiles at or over walls.
Trebuchets use a counter balance system to hurl large rocks and stones at such a force they could breach the strongest fortifications.
The many forms of siege engines are touched upon, particularly trebuchets.
The Punkin Chunkin contest has categories for tile different methods of pumpkin hurling: slingshots, catapults, trebuchets, and air cannons.