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sleigh1

[sley] /sleɪ/
noun
1.
a light vehicle on runners, usually open and generally horse-drawn, used especially for transporting persons over snow or ice.
2.
a sled.
verb (used without object)
3.
to travel or ride in a sleigh.
Origin of sleigh1
1690-1700
1690-1700, Americanism; < Dutch slee, variant of slede sled; cf. slide
Related forms
sleigher, noun
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh.

sleigh2

[sley] /sleɪ/
noun, verb (used with object)
1.
sley.

sley

or slay, sleigh

[sley] /sleɪ/
noun, plural sleys.
1.
the reed of a loom.
2.
the warp count in woven fabrics.
3.
British. the lay of a loom.
verb (used with object)
4.
to draw (warp ends) through the heddle eyes of the harness or through the dents of the reed in accordance with a given plan for weaving a fabric.
Origin
before 1050; Middle English sleye, Old English slege weaver's reed; akin to Dutch slag, German Schlag, Old Norse slag, Gothic slahs a blow; see slay
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Examples from the Web for sleighing
Historical Examples
  • There were picnics in the summer, nut gatherings in the Autumn, and skating and sleighing in the winter.

  • I had one of the best trotters in the country, and the sleighing was superb.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • The open roads for sleighing, and the firm ice for skating, offer many more inducements to pleasure-seekers.

  • The sleighing was fine, and the snow was six and seven feet deep on a level.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • It's such fun coasting and skating and sleighing and snow-balling.

    Heart of Gold Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Well, it's only three days, and the sleighing is practically ended.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • The snow was not yet packed well enough to make the sleighing very good, but everybody in town was out.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • He is a good traveller, and the sleighing will be fine if the snow be not too deep.

    The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner
  • Here is the river, near by, and never was the sleighing on it, better than at this moment.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
  • We have had sleighing here for a long time, and first-rate coasting.

British Dictionary definitions for sleighing

sleigh

/sleɪ/
noun
1.
another name for sledge1 (sense 1)
verb
2.
(intransitive) to travel by sleigh
Derived Forms
sleigher, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch slee, variant of sledesledge1
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Word Origin and History for sleighing

sleigh

n.

"vehicle mounted on runners for use on ice and snow," 1703, American and Canadian English, from Dutch slee, shortened from slede (see sled (n.)). As a verb from 1728. Related: Sleighing. Sleigh-ride is first recorded 1770; sleigh-bells is from c.1780; they originally were used to give warning of the approach of a sleigh.

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