harquebus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n harquebus an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Harquebus A firearm with match holder, trigger, and tumbler, made in the second half of the 15th century. The barrel was about forty inches long. A form of the harquebus was subsequently called arquebus with matchlock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harquebus An old form of hand-firearm. The earliest hand-guns having been mere tubes fired by a burning match applied to the touch-hole, the name harquebus was given to a gun fitted with a match-holder which came down upon the priming-pan when a trigger was pulled. Later, when the wheel-lock was introduced, a piece fitted with it was still called a harquebus. After the musket had been introduced into the French army (about 1575), the harquebus remained the favorite weapon of private persons, because it was lighter and was supposed to have greater precision. It was not a heavy arm, and was rarely fired from a rest, except by horsemen, who had a light rest secured to the saddle-bow. But during the sixteenth century many experiments were made with firearms throwing balls of six or even four to the pound, mounted on swivels, for rampart-defense, and these, when fitted with a match-lock, were called great harquebuses; in like manner arquebuse à croc, or ‘with a rest,’ was a name given to a heavy but still portable weapon, which was superseded by the musket.
    • n harquebus A harquebusier.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Harquebus här′kwi-bus Same as Arquebuse.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Arquebus

Usage

In literature:

For that we might have trouble, four harquebus men and four crossbows were going.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
Of these weapons there were two sorts, the musket and the harquebus.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
There were in the army a few footmen armed with crossbows and harquebuses.
"Introductory American History" by Henry Eldridge Bourne
As he ascended the hill, he fell to earth, shot with three harquebuses.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
As he ascended the hill, he fell to earth, shot with three harquebuses.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Hee shott in a harquebuse at birds, wherein hee was so perfect and excellent, as hee did kill larkes as they were flying.
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
An old term for a harquebus, or hand-gun.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
In addition to ordinary loopholes there are round holes for the discharge of harquebuses.
"British Castles" by Charles H. Ashdown
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