\ ˈsled How to pronounce sled (audio) \

Definition of sled

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a vehicle usually on runners for transportation especially on snow or ice especially : a small steerable one used especially by children for coasting down snow-covered hills


sledded; sledding

Definition of sled (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to ride on a sled or sleigh

Other Words from sled


sledder noun

Examples of sled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Parents on bikes tow their kids on sleds through slushy snow. Laura Yale, Outside Online, 27 Apr. 2020 To the villagers along the Iditarod’s remote, often sunless trails, Mountain is just another musher on a sled helmed by 14 dogs. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2020 Among the reminders: Things like standing up on a sled or hurtling down a hill backward are not allowed. Julie Bosman, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 No word on if Boring Company sleds will be available next year to help your tiny cars avoid traffic. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, 21 Feb. 2020 Our kids were beside themselves with the chance to feed the reindeer birch leaves before getting pulled in wooden sleds at a surprisingly brisk clip. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Nov. 2019 Sixty-two of those races were run when the track was sealed, meaning heavy sleds had compressed the surface to prevent moisture from seeping into the lower levels, creating a harder surface. Corina Knoll, New York Times, 26 June 2019 But residents have complained that visitors have been trying to ride sleds on their property or trespassing to shovel snow into their pickups. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2020 The sled-worthy snow that Portland has watched and waited for all winter finally landed overnight Saturday, with about an inch falling across the metro area through the night. oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Earlier this year, Lee and the U.S. men's paralympic sled hockey team claimed gold at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. Abigail Adams,, 17 Apr. 2022 Coast down on a long narrow sled at a daredevil speed of up to 40 miles per hour all the way onto frozen Hosmer Pond. Allison Tibaldi, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 At first blush, the black and white machine looks like any other gas-fed sled built by the usual players such as Polaris and Ski-Doo. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 11 Mar. 2022 Upon her return from the maternity ward, Takiko dreams of her mother, a lonely girl atop a mountain wearing a glittering amethyst necklace, watching others sled down the snowy slope. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Another German sled piloted by Christoph Hafter is in fourth, .17 seconds behind Canada’s Justin Kripps. USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2022 The crash occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. after the boy sled onto Albany Street and was struck by a pickup traveling west, police said. NBC News, 4 Feb. 2022 Chad Stoddard has been making do with a busted sled for even longer than Porsild. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2022 And with all the jostling of the sled, the larger guns could easily go off. CBS News, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sled


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1706, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sled


Middle English sledde, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English slīdan to slide

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\ ˈsled How to pronounce sled (audio) \

Kids Definition of sled

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a vehicle on runners for carrying loads especially over snow
2 : a small vehicle used mostly by children for sliding on snow and ice


sledded; sledding

Kids Definition of sled (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ride or carry on a sled

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