• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arbalister A crossbowman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arbalister One armed with the arbalist; a crossbowman; especially, a soldier carrying the arbalist of war. Also arcubalister.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Arbalister one armed with an arbalest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. arblastere, OF. arbalestier,. See Arbalest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. arbaleste—L. arcuballistaarcus, bow, and ballista, engine for throwing missiles.


In literature:

Look at yon arbalist; sure Brutus himself used such an one!
"Men of Iron" by Howard Pyle
In the meantime here is Wat with his arbalist and a bolt in his girdle.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Betwixt the third couple of towers were the butts for arquebus, crossbow, and arbalist.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I" by Various
This parapet was not too high for arbalisters to shoot over its slope.
"Annals of a Fortress" by E. Viollet-le-Duc