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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 ?
The nervous expressive fingers, flashing in and out of the light, might well have been mistaken for the fingers of the devotee going swiftly through decade after decade of his rosary.
If we are the greatest nation the sun ever shone upon, it would seem to be mainly because we have been able to goad our wage-earners to this pitch of frenzy; though there are a few other things that are great among us including our drink-bill, which is a billion and a quarter of dollars a year, and doubling itself every decade.
It was the most stunning surprise of the decade, and so profound was the sensation that it lifted the new hero up to the judicial one's altitude, and the school had two marvels to gaze upon in place of one.
For many a decade past the history of industry and commerce is but the history of the revolt of modern productive forces against modern conditions of production, against the property relations that are the conditions for the existence of the bourgeoisie and of its rule.
The ship was one of those iron wool-clippers that the Clyde had floated out in swarms upon the world during the seventh decade of the last century.
Few men died, unless by most extraordinary accident, before the age of six hundred; few lived longer than a decade of centuries; but eight were considered the natural term.
The great fact all the while, however, had been the incalculability; since he HAD supposed himself, from decade to decade, to be allowing, and in the most liberal and intelligent manner, for brilliancy of change.
And as he reflected, it seemed highly unlikely to him that he would ever permit himself to do anything that might jeopardize his whole life, topple over the structure that decades of work had built.
It would be a poor expert who could not give the date of a document within a decade or so.
Thus he could converse with the Minister for War about silkworms, with the Minister of Education about detective stories, with the Minister of Labor about Limoges enamel, and with the Minister of Missions and Moral Progress (if that be his correct title) about the pantomime boys of the last four decades.
In normal cases one can place a man in his true decade with tolerable confidence.
His family seize upon their letters and papers when the mail arrives, read them over and over again for two days or three, talk them over and over again for two or three more till they wear them out, and after that for days together they eat and drink and sleep, and ride out over the same old road, and see the same old tiresome things that even decades of centuries have scarcely changed, and say never a single word