- The definition of a sling is an instrument used for throwing stones, the act of throwing or a strap used for supporting an injured arm.
- An example of a sling is what David uses to kill Goliath.
- An example of a sling is what a person with a broken arm would use to give it support.
sling definition by Webster's New World
- a primitive instrument for throwing stones, etc., consisting of a piece of leather tied to cords that are whirled by hand for releasing the missile
- ☆ slingshot
- the act of throwing with or as with a sling; cast; throw; fling
- a looped or hanging band, strap, etc. used in raising and lowering a heavy object or for carrying, supporting, or steadying something: a rifle sling
- a wide piece of cloth suspended from the neck and looped under an injured arm for support
- a rope or chain for supporting a yard
- a woman's open-heeled slipper having a strap across the top of the heelalso sling-back
Origin: Middle English slinge ; from the verb
- to throw (stones, etc.) with a sling
- to throw, cast, fling, or hurl
- to place, carry, raise, lower, etc. in a sling
- to hang loosely or in a sling; suspend (a hammock, etc.), esp. by several attachments
Origin: ME slingen, prob. < ON slyngva, to throw, akin to OE & OHG slingan, to twist oneself, worm along < IE base *slenk-, to twist, turn, creep > slink, Lith slenkù, to creep
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
sling definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a stone is whirled and then let fly.b. A slingshot.
- A looped rope, strap, or chain for supporting, cradling, or hoisting something, especially:a. A strap of a shoe that fits over the heel.b. A strap used to carry a rifle over the shoulder.c. Nautical A rope or chain that attaches to the mast and supports a yard.d. A band suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
- The act of hurling a missile.
- To hurl with or as if with a sling.
- To place or carry in a sling.
- To move by means of a sling; raise or lower in a sling: sling cargo into a hold.
- To hang loosely or freely; let swing.
Origin: Middle English slinge.
- slingˈer noun
Origin: Origin unknown.
sling - Medical Definition
sling - Phrases/Idioms
slings and arrows