- 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.
Origin of sling1
Synonyms for sling
Origin of sling2
Related Words for slinglob, fling, dangle, hoist, hurl, heave, catapult, shoot, suspend, raise, weight, launch, fire, toss, swing, chuck, send, cast, pitch, peg
Examples from the Web for sling
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of sling
And yet you sent word to say that I was to take off my sling!The Fortune of the Rougons
Juve flung the word at de Naarboveck as though it were a stone from a sling.A Nest of Spies
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 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