Sling meaning

slĭng
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.

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(nautical) To pass a rope around (a cask, gun, etc.) preparatory to attaching a hoisting or lowering tackle.
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A looped rope, strap, or chain for supporting, cradling, or hoisting something, especially:
  • A band suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
  • A length of fabric worn on the body for carrying an infant.
  • A strap of a shoe that fits over the heel.
  • A strap used to carry a rifle over the shoulder.
  • A rope or chain that attaches to the mast and supports a yard.
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The act of hurling something.
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A drink consisting of brandy, whiskey, or gin, sweetened and usually lemon-flavored.
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To throw (stones, etc.) with a sling.
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To throw, cast, fling, or hurl.
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To place, carry, raise, lower, etc. in a sling.
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To hang (something) with or as with a sling or slings.

To sling a hammock between two trees.

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To cook or serve (a specified food), as at a lunch counter or fast-food restaurant.

Slinging hash at a diner.

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An alcoholic drink made with gin, rum, brandy, whiskey, etc., water or soda water, sugar, and, usually, lemon juice.
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To throw with a circular or arcing motion.

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To throw with a sling.
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(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.
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A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported.
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A loop of cloth, worn around the neck, for supporting a baby.
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A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering.
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A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder.
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(nautical) A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast; -- chiefly in the plural.
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The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke.
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(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.
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A drink composed of a spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened.

Gin sling.

A Singapore sling.

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The act of throwing with or as with a sling; cast; throw; fling.
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A supporting bandage or suspensory device, especially a loop suspended from the neck and supporting the flexed forearm.
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slings and arrows
  • Difficulties or hardships.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

slings and arrows

Origin of sling

  • Middle English slinge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 sliñkti (“to crawl like a snake"), Latvian slìkt (“to sink")).

    From Wiktionary