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 ballist?s 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 gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
(plural ballistae or ballistæ)
From Latin ballista, from Ancient Greek βαλλίστρα (ballistra), from βάλλω (ballō, “I throw”).