- 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.
verb (used with object), slung, sling·ing.
- sling chair,
- sling hash,
- sling mud at,
- sling off,
- sling psychrometer
Origin of sling1
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 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|Michael Daly|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In Sling Blade, Billy Bob Thornton's character fixes lawnmowers but he sounds as if he swallowed one.
He took the place of Jean Valjean, who, on account of his arm being still in a sling, could not give his hand to the bride.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
David did much better with his sling than he would have done with Saul's sword and spear.How To Do It|Edward Everett Hale
He opened the hatchway while La Croix was profusely thanking him, put a sling around the box and lowered it.The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler|Francis W. Doughty
He advised Kalteyer to borrow a lot of money at the banks and sling himself.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
Palabra de boca, piedra de honda—A word from the mouth is as a stone from a sling.
- a halyard for a yard
- (often plural) the part of a yard where the sling is attached
verb slings, slinging or slung
Word Origin for sling
Word Origin 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.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with sling
- sling hash
- sling mud at
- ass in a sling