- 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
Examples from the Web for slung
SpaceShipTwo had been slung under the jet-powered carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo before taking off.
Once bags were slung across shoulders, they departed to enjoy a short leave period before reporting back to duty.
Then he slung his rifle around his back, took out his loaded pistol, and stared hard at the handcuffed Iraqi.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah|Patrick Robinson|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A light-colored backpack was slung casually over his right shoulder.How a Famous Marathon Bombing Victim Helped Name the Suspects|Michael Daly|April 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The engine is slung from a small aluminum subframe, and hangs on by the cylinder heads.Ducati’s Panigale and History’s Most Innovative Motorcycles|Chris Hunter|November 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
He went on, still grunting, while Dan rose to his feet and slung his blanket from his shoulder.The Battle Ground|Ellen Glasgow
They made up packs and slung them, then climbed out of the gully.Genesis|H. Beam Piper
I slung the wounded man overboard to the sharks, and then began to consider what was best to do.Yorke The Adventurer|Louis Becke
He had slung on his cartridge box, his sword, and his volunteer's rifle.The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2|Eugne Sue
Elisy got up, slung his wallet over his shoulders, and turned back.
- 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
past tense and past participle of 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