bob·​sled | \ ˈbäb-ˌsled How to pronounce bobsled (audio) \

Definition of bobsled

1 : a short sled usually used as one of a pair joined by a coupling
2 : a large usually metal sled used in racing and equipped with two pairs of runners in tandem, a long seat for two or more people, a steering wheel, and a hand brake

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Other Words from bobsled

bobsled intransitive verb
bobsledder noun

Examples of bobsled in a Sentence

He drove a bobsled in the winter Olympics.
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, temperatures might even drop below optimum conditions for some sports: For bobsled, Seitz says, in temperatures well below 23 degrees Farenheit, the ice is extra brittle. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Slick Science of Making Olympic Snow and Ice," 1 Feb. 2018 Many women who compete in bobsled say their biggest barrier is a lack of funding for training and competing at international levels. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "At the Bobsled Track, Women Push for Equality," 20 Feb. 2018 Even in bobsled, the relationship between driver and brakeman doesn’t require the same amount of synchronization between partners through every curve. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "2018 Winter Olympics: Doubles lugers liken their partnership to, well, a marriage," 12 Feb. 2018 Elana Meyers Taylor, now a three-time medalist in bobsled, has held down a job between training stints. Barry Svrluga,, "Four more years? Olympians confront life after their Olympics are over," 23 Feb. 2018 The Swedish bid, for instance, planned to hold the bobsled, luge and skeleton events across the Baltic Sea in Sigulda, Latvia, where a refrigerated track already exists. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Italy Is Chosen to Host 2026 Winter Olympics," 24 June 2019 The cars are usually shaped like bobsleds and run down sloped hills, gravity creating speeds up to 25 mph. Washington Post, "Ski resorts not just for winter anymore," 3 July 2019 Which begs the question of how, exactly, one builds a bobsled. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Dare to dream: Nigerian bobsled team at Winter Olympics is a first for Africa," 20 Feb. 2018 Canada and Germany shared a gold medal by tying in the men's bobsled with an exact finishing time of 3:16.86. Chris Chavez,, "Tuesday Olympic Daily Digest: Could the U.S. Men's Hockey Team Medal?," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bobsled

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bobsled

perhaps from bob entry 4

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The first known use of bobsled was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Bobsled.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bobsled

US : a small vehicle for two or four people that slides over snow and ice and is used for racing


bob·​sled | \ ˈbäb-ˌsled How to pronounce bobsled (audio) \

Kids Definition of bobsled

: a racing sled made with two sets of runners, a hand brake, and often a steering wheel

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