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sling

play
transitive verb \ˈsliŋ\

Definition of sling

slung

play \ˈsləŋ\

slinging

play \ˈsliŋ-iŋ\
  1. 1 :  to cast with a sudden and usually sweeping or swirling motion <slung the sack over my shoulder>

  2. 2 :  to throw with or as if with a sling <slinging punches> <political campaigners slinging mud>

  3. 3 :  to serve (food) to a customer <had a job slinging hamburgers>

slinger

play \ˈsliŋ-ər\ noun


Origin and Etymology of sling

Middle English, probably from Old Norse slyngva to hurl; akin to Old English & Old High German slingan to worm, twist, Lithuanian slinkti


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of sling

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm <can throw a fastball and a curve>. cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering <cast it to the winds>. toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion <tossed the coat on the bed>. fling stresses a violent throwing <flung the ring back in his face>. hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight <hurled himself at the intruder>. pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target <pitch horseshoes>. sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim <slung the bag over his shoulder>.

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sling

noun

Definition of sling

  1. 1a :  an instrument for throwing stones that usually consists of a short strap with strings fastened to its ends and is whirled round to discharge its missile by centrifugal forceb :  slingshot 1

  2. 2a :  a usually looped line (as of strap, chain, or rope) used to hoist, lower, or carry something; especially :  a hanging bandage suspended from the neck to support an arm or handb :  a chain or rope attached to a lower yard at the middle and passing around a mast near the masthead to support a yardc :  a chain hooked at the bow and stern of a boat for lowering or hoistingd :  a device (as a rope net) for enclosing material to be hoisted by a tackle or crane

  3. 3 :  a slinging or hurling of or as if of a missile



14th Century

First Known Use of sling

14th century


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sling

transitive verb

Definition of sling

slung

play \ˈsləŋ\

slinging

play \ˈsliŋ-iŋ\
  1. 1 :  to place in a sling for hoisting or lowering

  2. 2 :  to suspend by or as if by a sling



1522

First Known Use of sling

1522


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sling

noun

Definition of sling

  1. :  an alcoholic drink that is served hot or cold and that usually consists of liquor, sugar, lemon juice, and plain or carbonated water <gin sling> <rum sling>



Origin and Etymology of sling

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1768



SLING Defined for Kids

1

sling

play
verb \ˈsliŋ\

Definition of sling for Students

slung

\ˈsləŋ\

slinging

  1. 1 :  to throw with a sudden sweeping motion :  fling <She slung her backpack over her shoulder.>

  2. 2 :  to hurl with a sling




2

sling

play
noun

Definition of sling for Students

  1. 1 :  a device (as a short strap with a string attached at each end) for hurling stones

  2. 2 :  a device (as a rope or chain) by which something is lifted or carried

  3. 3 :  a bandage hanging from the neck to hold up the arm or hand




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sling

play
verb

Definition of sling for Students

slung

\ˈsləŋ\

slinging

  1. 1 :  to put in or move or support with a sling

  2. 2 :  to hang from two points <sling a hammock>




Medical Dictionary

sling

play
noun \ˈsliŋ\

Medical Definition of sling

  1. 1:  a hanging bandage suspended from the neck to support an arm or hand

  2. 2:  a harness especially constructed for supporting a sick animal in a standing position





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