Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A vehicle having runners and used for carrying people or loads over ice and snow; a sledge.
  • noun A light vehicle, often with runners, used especially by children for coasting over snow or ice.
  • noun Informal A snowmobile.
  • noun A movable, slotted surface that slides over the blade of a table saw, used to ensure accurate cuts.
  • intransitive verb To carry on or convey by a sled.
  • intransitive verb To ride or use a sled.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as sledge, sledge-hammer.
  • To convey or transport on a sled: as, to sled wood or timber.
  • To ride or travel in a sled: sometimes with an impersonal it.
  • To be carried or transported on a sled.
  • noun A small tool, resembling a sled in form and having sharp blades for runners, used for cutting gold-leaf into rectangular sheets.
  • noun The device for making sliding contact between the underground conductors of an electric road and those of a moving railway-car upon the road.
  • noun A drag or dray without wheels, but mounted on runners, for the conveyance of loads over frozen snow or ice, or over mud or the bare ground, as in transporting logs and heavy stones. Also sledge.
  • noun A pair of runners connected by a framework, used (sometimes with another pair) to carry loads or support the body of a vehicle, or, when of lighter build and supporting a light platform or seat, in the sport of coasting and for drawing light loads by hand.
  • noun A vehicle moving on runners, drawn by horses, dogs, or reindeer; a sleigh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To convey or transport on a sled.
  • noun A vehicle on runners, used for conveying loads over the snow or ice; -- in England called sledge.
  • noun A small, light vehicle with runners, used, mostly by young persons, for sliding on snow or ice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small, light vehicle with runners, used, mostly by young persons, for sliding on snow or ice. (A "sled" in this sense is not pulled by an animal as a "sleigh" is.)
  • noun US A vehicle on runners, used for conveying loads over the snow or ice. (contrast "sleigh", which is larger)
  • verb To ride a sled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow
  • verb ride (on) a sled

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English sledde, from Middle Dutch.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English sledde, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German sledde (cf. Dutch slee, slede, Low German Sleden), from Proto-Germanic *slidô (cf. East Frisian sliede, German Schlitten, Norwegian slede). Related to slide.

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