slingshot

noun sling·shot \ ˈsliŋ-ˌshät \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of slingshot

1 : a forked stick with an elastic band attached for shooting small stones
2 a : 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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First Known Use of slingshot

1849

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SLINGSHOT Defined for English Language Learners

slingshot

Definition of slingshot for English Language Learners

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


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slingshot

noun sling·shot \ ˈsliŋ-ˌshät \

Definition of slingshot for Students

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


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