/slɪŋ / (say sling)

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.
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
/slɪŋ / (say sling)

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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