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

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Caleb McLaughlin - Lucas Sinclair Lucas is back and so is his slingshot. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Pictures of the “Stranger Things” Cast Then and Now Will Make You Feel So Damn Old," 10 July 2019 In order to save fuel, India is using a circuitous route relying on the slingshot effect of the Earth's gravity. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "India launches 'historic' flight bound for the moon," 22 July 2019 Briney and another high-level employee fired steel-ball slingshots at wildlife from the back porch of the PSPRS office. Craig Harris, azcentral, "State recommends PSPRS administrator Smout be fired for sexual harassment," 15 July 2019 Mickey dreams up a thing called the slingshot dragster—a quarter-miler with the driver seated behind the rear axle for better traction. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 2019 The mission, which SpaceX tentatively scheduled for as soon as 2023, would take Maezawa on a slingshot trip around the moon. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Why a Japanese billionaire wants to send artists to the moon," 9 July 2019 Club members used a slingshot to get a line up in one tree, then found another tree to anchor the end of it. Denise Coffey,, "Ham Radio Operators Practice For Emergencies," 8 July 2019 Other toys on the list include water balloon slingshots, on-ground water slides such as the Slip ‘N Slide, and projectile-firing toy guns., "Local consumer group warns of the dangers of popular summer toys," 19 June 2019 The 18-year-old who allegedly used a slingshot to fire marbles and bullets at windows was served a summons Friday, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said. Erika Butler,, "18-year-old from Bel Air served summons for vandalism caused by slingshot," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of slingshot

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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

Kids Definition of slingshot

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

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