- 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 slunglob, fling, dangle, hoist, hurl, heave, catapult, shoot, suspend, raise, weight, launch, fire, toss, swing, chuck, send, cast, pitch, peg
Examples from the Web for slung
Contemporary Examples of slung
SpaceShipTwo had been slung under the jet-powered carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo before taking off.SpaceShipTwo Flew on Untested Rocket
Dave Majumdar, Clive Irving
October 31, 2014
Once bags were slung across shoulders, they departed to enjoy a short leave period before reporting back to duty.Homefront Veterans: Skiing With Wounded Warriors
John Kael Weston
February 17, 2014
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
November 11, 2013
A light-colored backpack was slung casually over his right shoulder.How a Famous Marathon Bombing Victim Helped Name the Suspects
April 19, 2013
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
November 13, 2011
Historical Examples of slung
With that, the unknown displayed an accordion which was slung across his chest.A Nest of Spies
There's another word, too, that some of your chaps have slung at us.
He slung the air-tanks over his shoulder and hooked them to the suit.Pariah Planet
He carried two pistols in a leather bag which he slung over his shoulder.A Set of Six
I slung my knapsack across my shoulder and started for home.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- 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