Definitions

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

  • noun A vehicle mounted on runners for use on snow or ice, having one or more seats and usually drawn by a horse.
  • intransitive verb To ride in or drive a sleigh.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vehicle, mounted on runners, for transporting persons on the snow or ice; a sled.
  • noun A form of drag-carriage for the transport of artillery in countries where much snow falls; also, the carriage on which heavy guns are moved when in store, by means of rollers placed underneath the carriage and worked by handspikes.
  • noun The slender fore part of the lower jaw of a whale, containing the teeth: same as coach, 5. See pan, 12.
  • A Middle English form of sly.
  • To drive or take the air in a sleigh.

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

  • adjective obsolete Sly.
  • noun A vehicle moved on runners, and used for transporting persons or goods on snow or ice; -- in England commonly called a sledge.
  • noun a small bell attached either to a horse when drawing a slegh, or to the sleigh itself; especially a globular bell with a loose ball which plays inside instead of a clapper.

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

  • adjective obsolete Sly
  • noun A vehicle, generally pulled by an animal, which moves over snow or ice on runners, used for transporting persons or goods. (contrast "sled", which is smaller)
  • verb To ride or drive a sleigh.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Dutch slee, variant of slede, from Middle Dutch.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Dutch slee.

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