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1sling

transitive verb \ˈsliŋ\
slung \ˈsləŋ\ sling·ing \ˈsliŋ-iŋ\

Definition of SLING

1
:  to cast with a sudden and usually sweeping or swirling motion <slung the sack over my shoulder>
2
:  to throw with or as if with a sling <slinging punches> <political campaigners slinging mud>
3
:  to serve (food) to a customer <had a job slinging hamburgers>
sling·er \ˈsliŋ-ər\ noun
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Origin 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>.

2sling

noun

Definition of SLING

1
a :  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 force
b :  slingshot 1
2
a :  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 hand
b :  a chain or rope attached to a lower yard at the middle and passing around a mast near the masthead to support a yard
c :  a chain hooked at the bow and stern of a boat for lowering or hoisting
d :  a device (as a rope net) for enclosing material to be hoisted by a tackle or crane
3
:  a slinging or hurling of or as if of a missile

First Known Use of SLING

14th century

3sling

transitive verb
slung \ˈsləŋ\ sling·ing \ˈsliŋ-iŋ\

Definition of SLING

1
:  to place in a sling for hoisting or lowering
2
:  to suspend by or as if by a sling

First Known Use of SLING

1522

4sling

noun

Definition of SLING

:  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 of SLING

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1768
SLINGER Defined for Kids

1sling

verb \ˈsliŋ\
slung \ˈsləŋ\sling·ing

Definition of SLING for Kids

1
:  to throw with a sudden sweeping motion :  fling <She slung her backpack over her shoulder.>
2
:  to hurl with a sling

2sling

noun

Definition of SLING for Kids

1
:  a device (as a short strap with a string attached at each end) for hurling stones
2
:  a device (as a rope or chain) by which something is lifted or carried
3
:  a bandage hanging from the neck to hold up the arm or hand

3sling

verb
slung \ˈsləŋ\sling·ing

Definition of SLING for Kids

1
:  to put in or move or support with a sling
2
:  to hang from two points <sling a hammock>
Medical Dictionary

sling

noun \ˈsliŋ\

Medical Definition of SLING

1
:  a hanging bandage suspended from the neck to support an arm or hand
2
:  a harness especially constructed for supporting a sick animal in a standing position

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