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 The same amount of pedal travel that transformed the R1T into a slingshot on the road now barely nudges the truck forward. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 29 Sep. 2021 Haylett, who was taken to a hospital for evaluation, was found in possession of 15 weapons, including a sword, ax, several knives and a slingshot, police said. Fox News, 27 Sep. 2021 Liepold Farms: The Liepold family invites guest to enjoy the fall festival including the pumpkin patch, a six-acre corn maze, dark maze, pumpkin/apple slingshot, children’s pavilion, farm animals, hayrides and dead-end corn maze challenge. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2021 The weed in those days arrived on speedboats, through tunnels and even by slingshot. Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2021 Arista’s talent scout Gerry Griffith was the one who steered the label to the club), Clive signed her, promoted her, launched her like a slingshot. Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2021 Between April and this month, officials said 36-year-old Derik Barreto took a slingshot, pipe or hammer to the windows of Chinese businesses along the Ocean Avenue corridor and in the Mission, using a scooter as his mode of transportation. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2021 Even those who've never read the Biblical text know its contours: David, portrayed as the ultimate underdog, takes down a towering, lethal foe named Goliath with nothing more than a slingshot and some faith. Breeanna Hare, CNN, 18 July 2021 Her slingshot is outfitted with a creepy, old doll's head and orange ribbons with black spider webs. Dan Sewell, Star Tribune, 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of slingshot

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of slingshot was in 1849

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8 Oct 2021

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“Slingshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slingshot

: 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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