- 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.
- 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
- 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
Origin of slingMiddle English slinge from the verb
transitive verbslung, sling′ing
- to throw (stones, etc.) with a sling
- to throw, cast, fling, or hurl
- to place, carry, raise, lower, etc. in a sling
- to hang (something) with or as with a sling or slings: to sling a hammock between two trees
- Slang to cook or serve (a specified food), as at a lunch counter or fast-food restaurant: a dismissive or humorous usage: slinging hash at a diner
Origin of slingME 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 of slingfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- 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 band suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.b. A length of fabric worn on the body for carrying an infant.c. A strap of a shoe that fits over the heel.d. A strap used to carry a rifle over the shoulder.e. Nautical A rope or chain that attaches to the mast and supports a yard.
- The act of hurling something.
transitive verbslung, sling·ing, slings
- a. To hurl with a sling: sling stones.b. To throw or fling: “He ripped out the fish guts and slung them to the gulls” ( Donna Morrissey )
- a. To move by means of a sling; raise or lower in a sling: sling cargo into a hold.b. To place in a hanging or supported position: sling a towel over one's shoulder.
Origin of slingMiddle English slinge
Origin of slingOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present slings, present participle slinging, simple past slung or slang, past participle slung)
- (weapon) 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.
- A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported.
- A loop of cloth, worn around the neck, for supporting a baby.
- A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering.
- A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder.
- (nautical) A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast; -- chiefly in the plural.
- The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke.
- (climbing) 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.
- A drink composed of a spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened.
- gin sling
- a Singapore sling
Probably from Old Norse slyngja, slyngva (“to hurl"), from Proto-Germanic *slingwanÄ… (“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 sliÃ±kti (“to crawl like a snake"), Latvian slÃ¬kt (“to sink")).