I. transitive verb (slung; slinging) Etymology: Middle English, probably from Old Norse slyngva to hurl; akin to Old English & Old High German slingan to worm, twist, Lithuanian slinkti Date: 14th century 1. to cast with a sudden and usually sweeping or swirling motion <
slung the sack over my shoulder
2. to throw with or as if with a sling <
slinging punches
political campaigners slinging mud
3. to serve (food) to a customer <
had a job slinging hamburgers
Synonyms: see throwslinger noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. an instrument for throwing stones that usually consists of a short strap with strings fastened to its ends and is whirled round to discharge its missile by centrifugal force b. slingshot 1 2. a. a usually looped line (as of strap, chain, or rope) used to hoist, lower, or carry something; especially a hanging bandage suspended from the neck to support an arm or hand b. a chain or rope attached to a lower yard at the middle and passing around a mast near the masthead to support a yard c. a chain hooked at the bow and stern of a boat for lowering or hoisting d. a device (as a rope net) for enclosing material to be hoisted by a tackle or crane 3. a slinging or hurling of or as if of a missile III. transitive verb (slung; slinging) Date: 1522 1. to place in a sling for hoisting or lowering 2. to suspend by or as if by a sling IV. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1768 an alcoholic drink that is served hot or cold and that usually consists of liquor, sugar, lemon juice, and plain or carbonated water <
gin sling
rum sling

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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

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  • 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 — Sling, Getränk, s. Toddy …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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