- a device for hurling stones or other missiles that consists, typically, of a short strap with a long string at each end and that is operated by placing the missile in the strap, and, holding the ends of the strings in one hand, whirling the instrument around in a circle and releasing one of the strings to discharge the missile.
- a slingshot.
- a bandage used to suspend or support an injured part of the body, commonly a bandage suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
- a strap, band, or the like, forming a loop by which something is suspended or carried, as a strap attached to a rifle and passed over the shoulder.
- an act or instance of slinging.
- a rope, chain, net, etc., for hoisting freight or for holding it while being hoisted.
- a chain for supporting a hoisting yard.
- slings,the area of a hoisting yard to which such chains are attached; the middle of a hoisting yard.
- to throw, cast, or hurl; fling, as from the hand.
- to place in or secure with a sling to raise or lower.
- to raise, lower, etc., by such means.
- to hang by a sling or place so as to swing loosely: to sling a rifle over one's shoulder.
- to suspend: to sling a hammock between two trees.
- sling hash, Slang. to work as a waiter or waitress, especially at a lunch counter or cheap restaurant.
Origin of sling1
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- an iced alcoholic drink, typically containing gin, water, sugar, and lemon or lime juice.
Origin of sling2
Examples from the Web for sling
My fantasy unravels when she opens the robe, revealing a sling around her broken arm.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
The rifle was found nearby, one end of the sling having become detached from the butt.We Already Know What Adam Lanza’s Real Motive Was at Sandy Hook
November 26, 2013
In Sling Blade, Billy Bob Thornton's character fixes lawnmowers but he sounds as if he swallowed one.Mumbling Wins Oscars!
March 3, 2010
Juve flung the word at de Naarboveck as though it were a stone from a sling.A Nest of Spies
And yet you sent word to say that I was to take off my sling!The Fortune of the Rougons
Did he––did Hector Hall sling a gun on Mr. Mackenzie that time?The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
It was Connla saved you,” said Nora, “for he slew the hawk with his sling.Irish Fairy Tales
"I can supply this portion of the story," said a young fellow, with his arm in a sling.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- a simple weapon consisting of a loop of leather, etc, in which a stone is whirled and then let fly
- a rope or strap by which something may be secured or lifted
- a rope net swung from a crane, used for loading and unloading cargo
- a halyard for a yard
- (often plural)the part of a yard where the sling is attached
- med a wide piece of cloth suspended from the neck for supporting an injured hand or arm across the front of the body
- a loop or band attached to an object for carrying
- mountaineering a loop of rope or tape used for support in belays, abseils, etc
- the act of slinging
- (tr) to hurl with or as if with a sling
- to attach a sling or slings to (a load, etc)
- (tr) to carry or hang loosely from or as if from a slingto sling washing from the line
- informal to throw
- (intr) Australian informal to pay a part of one's wages or profits as a bribe or tip
- a mixed drink with a spirit base, usually sweetened
Word Origin and History for sling
c.1300, "implement for throwing stones," from an unidentified continental Germanic source (e.g. Middle Low German slinge "a sling"); see sling (v.). The notion probably is of a sling being twisted and twirled before it is thrown. Sense of "loop for lifting or carrying heavy objects" first recorded early 14c. Meaning "piece of cloth tied around the neck to support an injured arm" is first attested 1720.
c.1200, "to knock down" using a sling, later "to throw" (mid-13c.), especially with a sling, from Old Norse slyngva, from Proto-Germanic *slingwanan (cf. Old High German slingan, German schlingen "to swing to and fro, wind, twist;" Old English slingan "to creep, twist;" Old Frisian slinge, Middle Dutch slinge, Old High German slinga, German Schlinge "sling;" Middle Swedish slonga "noose, knot, snare"), from PIE *slengwh "to slide, make slide; sling, throw." Meaning "to hang from one point to another" (as a hammock) is from 1690s. Related: Slung; slinging.
sweetened, flavored liquor drink, 1807, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps literally "to throw back" a drink (see sling (v.)), or from German schlingen "to swallow."
"act of throwing," 1520s, from sling (v.).
- A supporting bandage or suspensory device, especially a loop suspended from the neck and supporting the flexed forearm.