sling·​shot | \ ˈsliŋ-ˌshät How to pronounce slingshot (audio) \

Definition of slingshot

1 : a forked stick with an elastic band attached for shooting small stones
2a : a maneuver in auto racing in which a drafting car accelerates past the car in front by taking advantage of reserve power
b : a dragster in which the driver sits behind the rear wheels

Examples of slingshot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once, a protestor used a weapons-grade slingshot and metal bearings to break a window near where officers were stationed, police said. oregonlive, "Portland’s Justice Center fence: A daunting place after dark for both protesters and police," 28 June 2020 Chavez has no issue with police arresting someone who uses a high-powered slingshot to hurl metal that could mortally wound someone. oregonlive, "Portland’s Justice Center fence: A daunting place after dark for both protesters and police," 28 June 2020 Sixty years of launches from the Cape For decades, NASA spacecraft have streaked through Florida’s skies, taking advantage of the faster rotation of the planet near the Equator to slingshot people and machines over the Atlantic and into space. Bill Ingalls, National Geographic, "SpaceX launches new era of spaceflight with company's first crewed mission," 30 May 2020 What followed was an evening of pizza, poker, ceramics painting, and competitive slingshot usage. Ariana Romero,, "Outer Banks Didn’t Mean To Create Netflix’s Hottest New YA Cast (But It Did)," 16 Apr. 2020 The work of art that now adorns a wall in Bristol, the home city of the artist known as Banksy, shows a stenciled girl firing an explosion of red flowers into the air using a slingshot. Melissa Locker, Time, "There's a Lot to Love About the Banksy Art That Popped Up for Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2020 Kinlaw does an excellent job playing through a blocker’s pads, using heavy clubs, bullrushes, snatches and slingshots to control and manipulate the weight distribution and balance of opposing linemen. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Cowboys find a giant DL, CB of the future in 7-round mock draft," 13 Apr. 2020 This is your final chance to experiment with late braking, early throttle, Scandinavian flicks, Mongolian slingshots, and Brazilian yo-yos. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "I'm That Guy: The One Who Saved His Fastest, Gutsiest Driving for the Very Last Lap," 14 Mar. 2020 But Thiem was loosening up nonetheless: his feet were flying, the torque of his muscular core turned him into a human slingshot. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "At the Australian Open, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev Look, Again, Like Heirs to the Throne," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of slingshot

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slingshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slingshot

US : a Y-shaped stick with an elastic band attached to it that is used for shooting small stones


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Kids Definition of slingshot

: a forked stick with an elastic band attached for shooting small stones

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