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1. (Billiards & Snooker) billiards a shot in which the cue ball touches a cushion after striking the object ball and before touching another ball
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (in ancient and medieval times) a military catapult for throwing stones, etc
3. (Military) (esp formerly) a harness worn by soldiers for dragging guns or carrying stretchers
4. an indirect or unexpected action
[C16: from Old French: catapult, from Medieval Latin bricola, of uncertain origin]
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|Noun||1.||bricole - 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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