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  1. a sled having two pairs of runners, a brake, and a steering wheel or other mechanism that enables the front rider to direct the sled down a steeply banked run or chute.
  2. a sled formed of two short sleds coupled one behind the other.
  3. either of the sleds thus coupled.
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verb (used without object), bob·sled·ded, bob·sled·ding.
  1. to ride on a bobsled.
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Origin of bobsled

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; bob2 + sled
Related formsbob·sled·der, noun
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1839, from bob (n.2) + sled (n.). So called because it is a short type.

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