from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- a. & n. from sile to strain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for throwing stones or bullets, consisting of a strap and two strings attached to it.
- n. A kind of hanging loop in which something, as a wounded limb, is supported: as, to have one's arm in a sling.
- n. A device for grasping and holding heavy articles, as casks, bales, etc., while being raised or lowered.
- n. A thong or strap, attached to a hand-firearm of any sort, to allow of its being carried over the shoulder or across the back: and usually adjustable with buckles or slides. See gunsling, 2.
- n. The chain or rope that suspends a yard or graff.
- n. A piece of artillery in use in the sixteenth century.
- n. A sweep or swing; a stroke as if of a missile cast from a sling.
- n. In a millstone, a swinging motion from side to side.
- n. In dynamics, a contrivance consisting of one pendulum hung to the end of another.
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