|Latin language term for crossbow, derived from arcuballista (also spelled ARBALEST).
|German language term for crossbow which is often preferred in international circles.
|Synonym for bolt which is preferred by some modern crossbow manufacturers.
|Side of bow or lath facing target.
|Roman seige engine similar to oversized crossbow.
|Section of the stock between the latch and lath; sometimes used as synonym for track.
|Crossbow having a tubular barrel rather than a track; used to shoot balls, usually of lead; synonym for slurbow.
|String to brace a crossbow for installation of bowstring; synonym for bracing string.
|Side of bow or lath facing shooter.
|Metal hook(s) attached to belt to aid cocking.
|Hindged lever to aid cocking; pushes string back using lugs or a ring mounted at front of crossbow; provides mechanical advantage of about 5:1, varying with lever length.
|Short projectile for crossbow resembling arrow.
|Metal fittings used to secure lath to stock; usually tightened with metal wedges.
|String used on all archery weapons to transfer force from bow to projectile.
|Position of bowstring when mounted on bow or lath, but not cocked.
|Distance between braced bowstring and belly side of riser, measured from the bowstring's center.
|See BASTARD STRING.
|Binding, usually of twisted sinew cord, used to tie lath to stock on medieval crossbows.
|Crossbow designed to shoot bullets; generally used in reference to double-string types.
|Rearmost portion of crossbow stock; also refers to earthen mound used in long range target shooting, and as a general term for backstop.
|See LATCH and SAFETY.
|Bow or crossbow lath designed so that the arrow/bolt passes through its center; center-shot crossbows often have two separate limbs.
|See POWER STROKE.
|Spring used to retain bolt to cocked crossbow prior to shooting; usually made of horn or metal.
|Long range archery shooting. Modern practice uses a horizontal target 15 meters in diameter outlined with flags; scoring is determined by measuring distance from center.
|To draw bowstring from braced position to latched position.
|Metal protruberances on crossbow for anchoring bending lever, cranequin or goat's foot.
|Peg required to set some crossbow trigger mechanisms prior to cocking.
|Metal ring bound to the front of the lath to anchor bending lever.
|Method of serving sometimes used on loops of crossbow bowstrings.
|Combination of materials used to construct lath including horn, wood, sinew and baleen.
|Modern lath construction using cables and eccentric pulleys.
|CORD AND PULLEY
|Cocking aid consisting of cord with ends attached to crossbow butt and user's belt running through a pulley attached to bowstring; provides mechanical advantage of 2:1.
|Cocking device using rack and pinion; can provide mechanical advantage of about 145:1, varying with size and number of teeth.
|Archery weapon consisting of a lath mounted to a rigid stock, having a mechanical means to hold and release the drawn bowstring. See also ARBALEST, ARMBRUST, BARRELED CROSSBOW, BULLET CROSSBOW.
|See GOAT'S FOOT
|Complex form of bowstring designed to launch round projectiles from crossbow; has leather pouch at center to hold ball.
|To release cocked bowstring without projectile; term borrowed from firearms.