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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Arbalest  \Ar"ba*lest\,  Arbalist  \Ar"ba*list\,  n.  [OF.  arbaleste, 
  LL  arbalista,  for  L.  arcuballista  arcus  bow  +  ballista  a 
  military  engine.  See  {Ballista}.]  (Antiq.) 
  A  crossbow,  consisting  of  a  steel  bow  set  in  a  shaft  of  wood, 
  furnished  with  a  string  and  a  trigger,  and  a  mechanical 
  device  for  bending  the  bow.  It  served  to  throw  arrows,  darts, 
  bullets,  etc  [Written  also  {arbalet}  and  {arblast}.] 
  --Fosbroke. 




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