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 theory, the experiment would work equally well with bobsleds. Randall Munroe, New York Times, "What if Galileo Had Dropped Bobsleds From the Tower of Pisa?," 10 Mar. 2020 The bobsleds at the Pyeongchang Games echo a similar design, with familiar lines, blades, height and weight making each sled seemingly indistinguishable from the other, at least to the untrained eye. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Jamaican women will have to break in new bobsled on tricky Olympic track," 16 Feb. 2018 For Winter Games rookies, the differences between the sledding events – luge, bobsled (or bobsleigh) and skeleton – can get blurry, just like a luger shooting past at 90 miles an hour. Flora Carr, Time, "Here's How You Can Tell the Differences Between Luge, Bobsled and Skeleton," 16 Feb. 2018 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

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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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“Bobsled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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