- 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
Related Words for slinginglob, fling, dangle, hoist, hurl, heave, catapult, shoot, suspend, raise, weight, launch, fire, toss, swing, chuck, send, cast, pitch, peg
Examples from the Web for slinging
Contemporary Examples of slinging
To make ends meet, she held a variety of odd jobs, from “selling newspapers door-to-door” to “slinging Orange Juliuses in a mall.”13 Things You Didn’t Know About Wendy Davis
August 15, 2013
Too young to remember the crash of 2008 in vivid detail, Fox has been slinging stocks while on the set for the last few years.When Celebrities Like Mila Kunis Talk Stocks, It’s Time to Get Out of the Market
March 15, 2013
If anyone is slinging any mud intellectually, ideologically, politically, diplomatically, it usually ends up on Israel.An Ahistorical Tantrum In The Times
March 13, 2013
On some recent beach and surf trips, I ran into these small families who make their living by slinging fish tacos.Fresh Picks
March 22, 2011
Memorizing our lines, slinging them like the fruit in the trees, was effortless and crazy fun.How I Found My Voice
June 7, 2009
Historical Examples of slinging
He was up it in no time, and eating and slinging the persimmons into his hat.W. A. G.'s Tale
He collected the gear and, slinging it across his shoulders, mounted the hill.Colorado Jim
Some of 'em it will be like slinging coals of fire at their heads, too.The Lilac Lady
Ruth Alberta Brown
Slinging it over his shoulder, he began his return with the carcass.Adrift in the Wilds
Edward S. Ellis
I said, 'or we shall have Learoyd slinging loose, and he'll be worse than Ortheris was.Soldier Stories
- 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