• noun a type of bowling machine invented in the mid-19th century and used for providing batting practice. The Balista was a smaller, lighter, and apparently more sophisticated version of the older Catapulta.
    Citation ‘The principle of the new comer resembled very closely that of its prototype, and notwithstanding its comparative lightness, answered all the purposes for which it was constructed’ (Box 1868)
    See also Catapulta, bowling machine