a device, resembling a large mounted crossbow, used in ancient warfare to hurl heavy stones and similar missiles
Origin of ballistaClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek an unverified form ballistēs ; from ballein, to throw: see ball
An ancient and medieval engine of warfare, usually having a design similar to a crossbow, used to hurl heavy projectiles.
Origin of ballistaLatin, from Greek ballistēs, from ballein, to throw; see gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(plural ballistae or ballistæ)
From Latin ballista, from Ancient Greek βαλλίστρα (ballistra), from βάλλω (ballō, “I throw”).