Definitions

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

  • n. A weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a stone is whirled and then let fly.
  • n. A slingshot.
  • n. A looped rope, strap, or chain for supporting, cradling, or hoisting something, especially:
  • n. A strap of a shoe that fits over the heel.
  • n. A strap used to carry a rifle over the shoulder.
  • n. Nautical A rope or chain that attaches to the mast and supports a yard.
  • n. A band suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
  • n. The act of hurling a missile.
  • transitive v. To hurl with or as if with a sling.
  • transitive v. To place or carry in a sling.
  • transitive v. To move by means of a sling; raise or lower in a sling: sling cargo into a hold.
  • transitive v. To hang loosely or freely; let swing.
  • idiom slings and arrows Harshly critical comments.
  • n. A drink consisting of brandy, whiskey, or gin, sweetened and usually lemon-flavored.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To throw with a circular or arcing motion.
  • n. An instrument for throwing stones or other missiles, consisting of a short strap with two strings fastened to its ends, or with a string fastened to one end and a light stick to the other.
  • n. A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported.
  • n. A loop of cloth, worn around the neck, for supporting a baby.
  • n. A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering.
  • n. A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder.
  • n. A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast; -- chiefly in the plural.
  • n. The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke.
  • n. A loop of rope or fabric tape used for various purposes: e.g. as part of a runner, or providing extra protection when abseiling or belaying.
  • n. A drink composed of a spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for throwing stones or other missiles, consisting of a short strap with two strings fastened to its ends, or with a string fastened to one end and a light stick to the other. The missile being lodged in a hole in the strap, the ends of the string are taken in the hand, and the whole whirled rapidly round until, by loosing one end, the missile is let fly with centrifugal force.
  • n. The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke.
  • n. A contrivance for sustaining anything by suspension.
  • n. A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported.
  • n. A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering.
  • n. A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder.
  • n. A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast; -- chiefly in the plural.
  • transitive v. To throw with a sling.
  • transitive v. To throw; to hurl; to cast.
  • transitive v. To hang so as to swing.
  • transitive v. To pass a rope round, as a cask, gun, etc., preparatory to attaching a hoisting or lowering tackle.
  • n. A drink composed of spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw; fling; hurl.
  • To fling or throw with a jerk, with or as with a sling. See sling, n., 1.
  • To hang or suspend loosely or so as to swing: as, to sling a pack on one's back; to sling a rifle over one's shoulder.
  • To place in slings in order to hoist; move or swing by a rope from which the thing moved is suspended: as, to sling casks or bales from the hold of a ship; to sling boats, ordnance, etc.
  • To cut (plastic clay) into thin slices by a string or wire, for the purpose of detecting and removing small stones that may be intermixed with the clay.
  • To be hurled or flung.
  • To move with long, swinging, elastic steps.
  • To blow the nose with the fingers.
  • n. Toddy with nutmeg grated on the surface. See gin-sling.
  • n. A harness consisting of a wide girth with breast-strap and breeching, suspended from a ceiling, for supporting invalid horses in a standing position.
  • n. A suspending chain or rope for carrying a movable platform for the use of repairers or painters.

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

  • v. hold or carry in a sling
  • n. a shoe that has a strap that wraps around the heel
  • v. move with a sling
  • n. a highball with liquor and water with sugar and lemon or lime juice
  • n. a simple weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a projectile is whirled and then released
  • n. bandage to support an injured forearm; consisting of a wide triangular piece of cloth hanging from around the neck
  • n. a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
  • v. hang loosely or freely; let swing
  • v. hurl as if with a sling

Etymologies

Middle English slinge.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Old Norse slyngja, slyngva ("to hurl"), from Proto-Germanic *slingwanan (“to worm, twist”) (compare Old English slingan ("to wind, twist"), German schlingen ("to swing, wind, twist"), Danish slynge), from Proto-Indo-European *slenk (“to turn, twist”) (compare Welsh llyngyr ("worms, maggots"), Lithuanian sliñkti ("to crawl like a snake"), Latvian slìkt ("to sink")). (Wiktionary)

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