bricole

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bricole an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bricole (Mil) A kind of traces with hooks and rings, with which men drag and maneuver guns where horses can not be used.
    • Bricole (Billiards) A shot in which the cue ball is driven first against the cushion.
    • Bricole An ancient kind of military catapult.
    • Bricole In court tennis, the rebound of a ball from a wall of the court; also, the side stroke or play by which the ball is driven against the wall; hence, fig., indirect action or stroke.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bricole A military engine for throwing darts or quarrels; a kind of catapult. Also briche.
    • n bricole Harness worn by men who have loads to carry or to drag.
    • n bricole A side-stroke at tennis.
    • n bricole In billiards, the act of causing the cue-ball to hit a cushion first; cushioning. Banding, banking, benching, and walling are all equivalents of cushioning in this sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bricole brik′el or brik-ōl′ an ancient engine for throwing stones: the rebound of a ball from the wall of a tennis-court, an indirect stroke.
    • n Bricole brik′el or brik-ōl′, an ancient engine for throwing stones: the rebound of a ball from the wall of a tennis-court, an indirect stroke.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—Low L. briccola.