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|n.||1.||An engine of war used in the Middle Ages, consisting of a protected elevated staging on wheels, and armed in front with pikes. It was (after the 14th century) furnished with small cannon.|
|2.||A huge bow fixed on the wall of a fortified town for casting javelins.|
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.