bob·​sled | \ˈbäb-ˌsled \

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.

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When the 2018 Winter Olympics come to an end this weekend, when the last bobsled has crossed the finish line, politics will have one more chance to elbow into the picture. David Wharton,, "Politics is part of the story, but the Pyeongchang Winter Games kept the focus on the athletes," 25 Feb. 2018 Dawid Kupczyk drives Poland's bobsled during Bobsleigh training. Flora Carr, Time, "Here's How You Can Tell the Differences Between Luge, Bobsled and Skeleton," 16 Feb. 2018 Whoosh forward in the bobsled of your imagination to the 2038 Winter Olympics, and wonder: Will this scene from last Wednesday even be viable? Chuck Culpepper,, "America's gay Olympians hope that in 20 years 'gay Olympians' won't be a thing," 24 Feb. 2018 Now, the fearless bobsled driver prepares for his Olympic moment with his hometown in mind. Tim Layden,, "Codie Bascue, the Bobsled Driver from a Little Town Called Whitehall, Begins His Olympic Journey," 14 Feb. 2018 The Nigerian bobsled team has high, perhaps sky high, expectations to change that. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "Online, a Diverse Winter Olympics. But on the Ground?," 12 Feb. 2018 But Puerto Rico stopped competing at the Winter Olympics when a member if its 2002 bobsled team was deemed ineligible to compete by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee and the team was withdrawn. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "This Skier is the First Athlete to Compete at the Winter Olympics for Puerto Rico in 20 Years. Here's Why," 11 Feb. 2018 Olympic outlook:Less than three years after taking up bobsled, McGuffie will be a four-man bobsled pusher and two-man bobsled brakeman for Team USA. Mark Spezia, Detroit Free Press, "Winter Olympics 2018: Meet Michigan's Olympians headed to Pyeongchang," 8 Feb. 2018 That count is higher now with shocking bobsled, ice dance, and hockey upsets. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "Confirmed: We Are Bad at the Olympics This Year," 22 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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English Language Learners Definition of bobsled

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


bob·​sled | \ˈbäb-ˌsled \

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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