A piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the earliest kind of cannon.
To attack with bombards or with artillery; especially, to throw shells, hot shot, etc., at or into.
Heavy cannon used in siege warfare, firing gunstones or metal cannon balls of up to 1,000 lb. (Seward, Desmond. Henry V: The Scourge of God, 221) Related terms: Ballista / Catapult / Espringale / Mangonel / Springald / Trebuchet