AskDefine | Define springald

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Apparently from spring, with an uncertain final element.




  1. A youth; a young man, a stripling.
    • 1819: this same springald, who conceals his name, and despises our proffered hospitality, hath already gained one prize, and may now afford to let others have their turn. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

Extensive Definition

A Springald is a late 12th/13century mechanical artillery device for throwing large bolts and less commonly stones or Greek fire, based around the design of a contemporary crossbow and a Greek ballista, but with inward swinging arms.
Examples have been drawn by Leonardo da Vinci.
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