dog·​sled | \ ˈdȯg-ˌsled How to pronounce dogsled (audio) \

Definition of dogsled

: a sled drawn by dogs

Other Words from dogsled

dogsled intransitive verb
dogsledder \ ˈdȯg-​ˌsle-​dər How to pronounce dogsled (audio) \ noun

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The sport of racing sleds pulled by dogs over snow-covered cross-country courses, dogsled racing, developed from a traditional Eskimo method of transportation. Modern sleds are usually of wood (ash) construction, with leather lashings and steel- or aluminum-covered runners. The dogs used for pulling the sleds are most often Eskimo dogs, Siberian huskies, Samoyeds, or Alaskan malamutes; teams typically consist of 4–10 dogs. The course is usually 12–30 miles (19–48 km) long, though some, including the Iditarod, an annual dogsled race held in Alaska, are considerably longer.

Examples of dogsled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Alaska, letter carriers rode on dogsleds until the 1960s; even now, mail is dropped into some towns by parachute. National Geographic, 18 May 2020 Visitors from surrounding villages and other places can only reach Nome by plane, boat and, sometimes, snowmachines or dogsleds. Victoria Mckenzie, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2019 Not a place for road trips The country’s towns and communities aren’t connected by a network of roads, Thestrup said, so travelers should be prepared to get around by plane, helicopter, boat or, in the winter, dogsleds or snowmobiles. Hannah Sampson, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2019 The creature Walton and his men had seen driving a dogsled was that form. Steve Haycox, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2018 Sune Stralberg, 66, is a national champion musher, a maker of dogsleds, and owner of Bjorkis Hundprodukter, a one-stop shop for organic kibble, spare sled parts, and dog leads and harnesses. Josh Dean,, 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dogsled

1706, in the meaning defined above

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dog·​sled | \ ˈdȯg-ˌsled How to pronounce dogsled (audio) \

Kids Definition of dogsled

: a sled pulled by dogs

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