bricole (plural bricoles)
- (military) A kind of traces with hooks and rings, used to drag manoeuvre guns where horses cannot be used.
- (military, historical) An ancient kind of military catapult.
- 1893, Lew Wallace, The Prince of India: or, Why Constantinople Fell, volume II, Books on Demand, published 2018, page 296:
- And besides here are none of the old-time machines as elsewhere along our front; not a catapult, or bricole, or bible—as some, with wicked facetiousness, have named a certain invention for casting huge stones; nor have we yet heard the report of a cannon, or arquebus, or bombard, although we know the enemy has them in numbers.
- 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, (figuratively) an indirect action or stroke.
- 1699, Sir Robert L’Estrange, transl., “The Frogs and the Bulls: Reflexion”, in Fables, of Æsop And Other Eminent Mythologists, 3rd edition, London: R. Sare, page 376:
- Let Ill Conſequences be never ſo Remote, ’tis good however, with the Frogs here in the Fable, to have the Reaſon of Things at Hand. The Deſign of many Actions looks one way, and the Event works another ; as a Young Gameſter’s Couzen’d with a Bricole at Tennis.
- (billiards) A shot in which the cue ball is initially driven against the cushion.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bricole in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)
bricole f (plural bricoles)
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