- (italbrac, obsolete except historical) A wooden crossbow with a special drawing mechanism, used to fire bolts, stones etc.
Etymology: From Old French arbaleste (modern arbalète), from late Latin arcuballista, from arcus "bow".
- 1819: "Here be two arblasts, comrades, with windlaces and quarrells " to the barbican with you, and see you drive each bolt through a Saxon brain." " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
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