American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A vehicle mounted on low runners drawn by work animals, such as horses or dogs, and used for transporting loads across ice, snow, and rough ground.
- v. To convey or travel on a sledge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large heavy hammer, used chiefly by blacksmiths. Also called sledge-hammer. The about-sledge gives the heaviest blow, the handle being grasped by both hands to swing the sledge over the head. The uphand sledge is used for light work, and is rarely raised above the head.
- n. Same as sled, 1 and 2.
- n. A vehicle without wheels, commonly on runners and of various forms, much used in northern countries where ice and snow prevail; a sleigh: as, a reindeer sledge; an Eskimo sledge. In the United States sledge is not used in this sense. See sleigh, and cut under pulk.
- n. Hence, anything serving the purpose of a vehicle which may be dragged without wheels along the ground, as the hurdle on which persons were formerly drawn to execution.
- n. Same as sled, 2.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a heavy vehicle with runners like a sledge.
- To convey or transports, in a sledge; travel in a sledge.
- n. The thick wooden outer case of a mummy.
- n. A heavy, long handled maul or hammer used to drive stakes, wedges, etc.
- v. to hit with a sledgehammer.
- n. A low sled drawn by animals, typically on snow, ice or grass.
- n. UK any type of sled or sleigh.
- v. To drag or draw a sledge.
- v. To ride, travel with or transport in a sledge.
- v. Australia To verbally insult or abuse an opponent in order to distract them (considered unsportsmanlike).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A strong vehicle with low runners or low wheels; or one without wheels or runners, made of plank slightly turned up at one end, used for transporting loads upon the snow, ice, or bare ground; a sled.
- n. engraving A hurdle on which, formerly, traitors were drawn to the place of execution.
- n. engraving A sleigh.
- n. A game at cards; -- called also
old sledge, and all fours.
- v. To travel or convey in a sledge or sledges.
- n. A large, heavy hammer, usually wielded with both hands; -- called also
- n. a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
- v. transport in a sleigh
- v. ride in or travel with a sledge
- n. a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow
- v. beat with a sledgehammer
- From Sledge ("a surname"), influenced by sledgehammer. Australian from 1960s. According to Ian Chappell, originated in Adelaide during the 1963/4 or 1964/5 Sheffield Shield season. A cricketer who swore in the presence of a woman was taken to be as subtle as a sledgehammer (meaning unsubtle) and was called “Percy” or “Sledge”, from singer Percy Sledge (whose song When a Man Loves a Woman was a hit at the time). Directing insults or obsenities at the opposition team then became known as sledging. (Wiktionary)
- Dutch dialectal sleedse, perhaps diminutive of Dutch slede, sled, from Middle Dutch sledde. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The fourth gold was in sledge hockey, in which the U.S. men beat Japan 2-0 in the final.”
“The sawing heartbeat of a panther morphs into a subway train sledge-hammering, smashing the ground, until it screeches to a morse code halt.”
“Your sledge is waiting, Madame," announced the newcomer.”
“The phrase sledge hammer to crack a nut seems to apply.”
“Going inside this diminutive raised room perched on a sledge is a surreal experience and one of those defining moments of a fieldwork trip.”
“The wind blows snow around the abandoned and empty sledge, which is little more than runners now.”
“The sledge is a more serious device for this longer trip.”
““The pinnace is all busted up and rigged for river work and the sledge is a pain in the arse to drag,” said Hickey.”
“Sled hockey called sledge hockey in Canada is an amazing sport, something you have to see to appreciate.”
“And so, simply and easily, thanks to the facilities of town life, Levin settled a question which, in the country, would have called for so much personal trouble and exertion, and going out onto the steps, he called a sledge, sat down, and drove to”
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