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sling

verb \ ˈsliŋ \

Definition of sling

slung play \ˈsləŋ\; slinging play \ˈsliŋ-iŋ\
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

slinger

play \ˈsliŋ-ər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of sling

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

Synonym Discussion of sling

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

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sling

noun

Definition of sling

1 a :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 1
2 a :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

First Known Use of sling

14th century


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sling

verb

Definition of sling

slung play \ˈsləŋ\; slinging play \ˈsliŋ-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to place in a sling for hoisting or lowering
2 :to suspend by or as if by a sling

First Known Use of sling

1522


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sling

noun

Definition of sling

: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

Origin and Etymology of sling

origin unknown



SLING Defined for Kids

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sling

verb \ ˈsliŋ \

Definition of sling for Students

slung \ˈsləŋ\; slinging
1 :to throw with a sudden sweeping motion :fling
  • She slung her backpack over her shoulder.
2 :to hurl with a sling

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sling

noun

Definition of sling for Students

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

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sling

verb

Definition of sling for Students

slung \ˈsləŋ\; slinging
1 :to put in or move or support with a sling
2 :to hang from two points
  • sling a hammock

Medical Dictionary

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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