Definition of Balista
1. ballista [n BALISTAS or BALISTAE] - See also: ballista
Lexicographical Neighbors of Balista
Literary usage of Balista
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Roman Antiquities: Or an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Romans ...by Alexander Adam, James Boyd, Lorenzo L. Da Ponte by Alexander Adam, James Boyd, Lorenzo L. Da Ponte (1837)
"balista. * The catapulta and balista were intended for discharging darts, arrows, and stones. They were of different sizes, and consequently produced more ..."
2. The Historical Writings of John Fiske by John Fiske (1902)
"This big ball was what Mr. Schoolcraft calls the " balista," or what the Indians themselves call the " demon's head." It was a large round boulder, ..."
3. The First Six Books of Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War, Adapted to by Julius Caesar, Peter Bullions (1860)
"... more commonly called balista, those of a smaller size, Catapulta, which see. balista FOR THROWING STONES OR OTHER HEAVY BODIES. ..."
4. The History of Rome by Livy (1888)
"... made their approaches by means of covered galleries, applying also the ram to the walls; the king's troops, by throwing in weapons with the balista ..."
5. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquitiesby William George Smith, Charles Anthon by William George Smith, Charles Anthon (1870)
"The forms of these machines being adapted to the objects which they were intended to throw, the catapult was long, the balista nearly square, ..."
6. Elements of Military Art and History: Comprising the History and Tactics of by Nicolas Édouard Delabarre-Duparcq (1863)
"The motive force of the projectile-machines of antiquity, of which the balista, the onager, and the catapulta are best known, were either weights, ..."
7. The Popular Encyclopedia: Being a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences by Daniel Keyte Sandford, Thomas Thomson, Allan Cunningham (1836)
"The terms catapult and balista were often used indiscriminately ; and, in later times, the word catapult went entirely out of use. ..."