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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  • Sherra has used the local "siling labuyo" chile to make her own Sweet Chili Sauce which sounds like it would taste great on lots of different things!

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  • U.S. troops call it they siling (ph) injury in Iraq and body armor cannot protect them from it.

    CNN Transcript Jun 28, 2005

  • Murer opened her day at 4. 40m (first attempt clearance), and continued at 4. 55m and 4. 65m, siling over with her first attempt as well. - News

  • Some examationes was extemly panful heres what i now what happen, thay lower this machean from the siling and a 16in. neddle persed my bellbuton, and i was in a lot of pain.

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  • What do we think of the Century definition here? Should it actually be under sling? (Cf. sile.)

    March 16, 2018