Treb"u*chet (?), Tre"buck*et (?), n. [OF. trebuchet, trebukiet, an engine of war for hurling stones, F. tr'ebuchet a gin, trap, a kind of balance, fr. OF. trebuchier, trebuquier, to stumble, trip, F. tr'ebucher.]

1.

A cucking stool; a tumbrel.

Cowell.

2.

A military engine used in the Middle Ages for throwing stones, etc. It acted by means of a great weight fastened to the short arm of a lever, which, being let fall, raised the end of the long arm with great velocity, hurling stones with much force.

3.

A kind of balance for weighing.

[Obs.]

 

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