sling


sling
I.
/slɪŋ / (say sling)

noun
1. an instrument for hurling stones, etc., by hand, consisting of a strap or piece for holding the missile, with two strings attached, the ends of which are held in the hand (or attached to a staff), the whole being whirled rapidly before discharging the missile.
2. catapult (def. 2).
3. a bandage used to suspend an injured part of the body, as an arm or hand, by looping round the neck.
4. a strap, band, or the like forming a loop by which something is suspended or carried, as a strap attached to a rifle and passed over the shoulder.
5. the act of slinging.
6. (usually plural) Nautical
a. a rope or chain supporting a yard.
b. a rope, wire, or chain forming a loop, used for hoisting cargo, etc.
7. Colloquial money given as a bribe; protection money.
verb (t) (slung, slinging)
8. to throw, cast or hurl; fling, as from the hand: *Then Mr Sweetman, who was leading, trotted smartly through the clearing and came up to sling his reins loosely over a veranda post. –thea astley, 1974.
9. to place in or secure with a sling to raise or lower.
10. to raise, lower, etc., by such means.
11. to hang in a sling or so as to swing loosely: to sling a rifle over one's shoulder.
12. Football to catch (an opponent) around the neck and throw (them) to the ground.
13. Colloquial to give (money) as a bribe.
14. Colloquial to give or pass along: sling me the tomato sauce.
15. to suspend.
phrase
16. sling it in, Colloquial to abandon an occupation, situation, etc.
17. sling off, Colloquial (sometimes followed by at) to speak disparagingly: he slings off at his teachers.
18. sling one's hook, British Colloquial to depart. {Phrase Origin: from a cant expression, ? where the hook is an implement for thieving}
19. sling the hook, Colloquial to pass on the responsibility for a task, etc.
{Middle English slynge(n), from Old Norse slyngva}
slinger, noun
II.
/slɪŋ / (say sling)

noun
an iced alcoholic drink, containing gin or the like, water, sugar, and lemon or lime juice.
{US English (1790s) of uncertain origin; compare German schlingen swallow}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Sling — Sling, n. [OE. slinge; akin to OD. slinge, D. slinger, OHG. slinga; cf. OF. eslingue, of German origin. See {Sling}, v. t.] 1. An instrument for throwing stones or other missiles, consisting of a short strap with two strings fastened to its ends …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sling — sling1 [sliŋ] n. [ME slinge < the v.] 1. a) 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 ☆ b) SLINGSHOT 2. the act of throwing with or as… …   English World dictionary

  • Sling — Sling, v. t. [imp. {Slung}, Archaic {Slang}; p. p. {Slung}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slinging}.] [AS. slingan; akin to D. slingeren, G. schlingen, to wind, to twist, to creep, OHG. slingan to wind, to twist, to move to and fro, Icel. slyngva, sl[ o]ngva …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sling — ► NOUN 1) a flexible strap, bandage, pouch, etc. used in the form of a loop to support or raise a hanging weight. 2) a simple weapon in the form of a strap or loop, used to hurl stones or other small missiles. 3) Austral./NZ informal a bribe or… …   English terms dictionary

  • sling — sling; sling·man; un·sling; sling·er; …   English syllables

  • Sling — Sling, n. [Cf. G. schlingen to swallow.] A drink composed of spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sling — de BDSM. Sling est un mot anglais utilisé dans la langue française pour qualifier le morceau de cuir suspendu au plafond par quatre chaînes, l une à chaque coin, et sur lequel la ou le partenaire sexuel(le) s allonge, tout en mettant les jambes… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sling — s. n. dispozitiv din benzi de fibre vegetale sau sintetice la pachetajul mărfurilor în unităţi mai mari, pentru a fi mai uşor manevrate pe nave. (< engl. sling) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • Sling — der; s, s <aus engl. sling »Schlinge, Riemen«>: 1. Kurzform von ↑Slingpumps. 2. (amerik. ugs.) kaltes alkoholisches Getränk …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • sling — vb hurl, fling, pitch, toss, *throw, cast Analogous words: heave, hoist, *lift, raise: impel, drive (see MOVE): propel, shove, thrust, *push sling vb *hang, suspend, dangle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sling|er — «SLIHNG uhr», noun. 1. a fighter armed with a sling. 2. a worker in charge of slings used in hoisting. 3. a person who slings …   Useful english dictionary


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