sling

verb (1)
\ ˈsliŋ \
slung\ˈsləŋ \; slinging\ˈsliŋ-iŋ \

Definition of sling 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cast with a sudden and usually sweeping or swirling motion slung the sack over my shoulder

2 : to throw with or as if with a sling slinging punches political campaigners slinging mud

3 : to serve (food) to a customer had a job slinging hamburgers

sling

noun (1)

Definition of sling (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : an instrument for throwing stones that usually consists of a short strap with strings fastened to its ends and is whirled round to discharge its missile by centrifugal force

b : slingshot sense 1

2a : a usually looped line (as of strap, chain, or rope) used to hoist, lower, or carry something especially : a hanging bandage suspended from the neck to support an arm or hand

b : a chain or rope attached to a lower yard at the middle and passing around a mast near the masthead to support a yard

c : a chain hooked at the bow and stern of a boat for lowering or hoisting

d : a device (such as a rope net) for enclosing material to be hoisted by a tackle or crane

3 : a slinging or hurling of or as if of a missile

sling

verb (2)
slung\ˈsləŋ \; slinging\ˈsliŋ-iŋ \

Definition of sling (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to place in a sling for hoisting or lowering

2 : to suspend by or as if by a sling

sling

noun (2)

Definition of sling (Entry 4 of 4)

: an alcoholic drink that is served hot or cold and that usually consists of liquor, sugar, lemon juice, and plain or carbonated water gin sling rum sling

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Verb (1)

slinger \ˈsliŋ-ər \ noun

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Verb (1)

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm. can throw a fastball and a curve cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering. cast it to the winds toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion. tossed the coat on the bed fling stresses a violent throwing. flung the ring back in his face hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight. hurled himself at the intruder pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target. pitch horseshoes sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim. slung the bag over his shoulder

First Known Use of sling

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sling

Verb (1)

Middle English, probably from Old Norse slyngva to hurl; akin to Old English & Old High German slingan to worm, twist, Lithuanian slinkti

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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The first known use of sling was in the 14th century

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sling

verb
\ ˈsliŋ \
slung\ˈsləŋ \; slinging

Kids Definition of sling

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to throw with a sudden sweeping motion : fling She slung her backpack over her shoulder.

2 : to hurl with a sling

sling

noun

Kids Definition of sling (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a device (as a short strap with a string attached at each end) for hurling stones

2 : a device (as a rope or chain) by which something is lifted or carried

3 : a bandage hanging from the neck to hold up the arm or hand

sling

verb
slung\ˈsləŋ \; slinging

Kids Definition of sling (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to put in or move or support with a sling

2 : to hang from two points sling a hammock

sling

noun
\ ˈsliŋ \

Medical Definition of sling 

1 : a hanging bandage suspended from the neck to support an arm or hand

2 : a harness especially constructed for supporting a sick animal in a standing position

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