from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A system of manual training developed in Sweden, based on the use of tools in woodworking.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. skilled mechanical work; trade work; hence, a system (usually called the sloyd system) of manual training in the practical use of the tools and materials used in the trades, and of instruction in the making and use of the plans and specifications connected with trade work.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Lit., skilled mechanical work, such as that required in wood carving; trade work; hence, a system (usually called the sloyd system) of manual training in the practical use of the tools and materials used in the trades, and of instruction in the making and use of the plans and specifications connected with trade work. The sloyd system derives its name from the fact that it was adopted or largely developed from a similar Swedish system, in which wood carving was a chief feature. Its purpose is not only to afford practical skill in some trade, but also to develop the pupils mentally and physically.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See sloid.
I like mathematics, and sloyd, and a hammer and nails and saw.
In Sweden, likewise, the same principles have been introduced chiefly by Herr Otto Salomon, the director of the great sloyd seminarum at Naas.
The skill with which Sweden has reduced domestic art and sloyd  to pedagogic form was already well known in this country, but it has excited new interest by its presentation here in one of the most admirably systematized and suggestive exhibits in the collection.
The sloyd knife, Fig. 84, is a tool likely to be misused in the hands of small children, but when sharp and in strong hands, has many valuable uses.
Sometimes we go to the park, but when it storms we are glad to stay in the house and work at sewing or sloyd.
The regular teachers look upon the fifth and sixth grade sloyd [* sic] which they teach with no great enthusiasm.
Why, some of those little chaps in the sloyd room can chisel and plane like carpenters.
One of his conclusions is that the so-called technical exercises, gymnastics, manual training, sloyd, and the like, are not, as they are erroneously called, a relaxation from mental overstrain by change in work, but simply a new form of brain fatigue.
United States, unlike in other nations, began as a highly organized technical type of high-school instruction,  while the elementary - school sloyd and the household arts for girls came in later.
In 1877 sloyd work was added to the Folk School instruction of Sweden.