a device for hurling stones or other missiles that consists, typically, of a short strap with a long string at each end and that is operated by placing the missile in the strap, and, holding the ends of the strings in one hand, whirling the instrument around in a circle and releasing one of the strings to discharge the missile.
a bandage used to suspend or support an injured part of the body, commonly a bandage suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
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.
an act or instance of slinging.
a rope, chain, net, etc., for hoisting freight or for holding it while being hoisted.
a chain for supporting a hoisting yard.
slings, the area of a hoisting yard to which such chains are attached; the middle of a hoisting yard.
verb (used with object), slung, slinging.
to throw, cast, or hurl; fling, as from the hand.
to place in or secure with a sling to raise or lower.
to raise, lower, etc., by such means.
to hang by a sling or place so as to swing loosely:
to sling a rifle over one’s shoulder.
to sling a hammock between two trees.
sling hash, Slang. to work as a waiter or waitress, especially at a lunch counter or cheap restaurant.
a simple weapon consisting of a loop of leather, etc, in which a stone is whirled and then let fly
a rope or strap by which something may be secured or lifted
a rope net swung from a crane, used for loading and unloading cargo
a halyard for a yard
(often pl) the part of a yard where the sling is attached
(med) a wide piece of cloth suspended from the neck for supporting an injured hand or arm across the front of the body
a loop or band attached to an object for carrying
(mountaineering) a loop of rope or tape used for support in belays, abseils, etc
the act of slinging
verb slings, slinging, slung
(transitive) to hurl with or as if with a sling
to attach a sling or slings to (a load, etc)
(transitive) to carry or hang loosely from or as if from a sling: to sling washing from the line
(informal) to throw
(intransitive) (Austral, informal) to pay a part of one’s wages or profits as a bribe or tip
a mixed drink with a spirit base, usually sweetened
A supporting bandage or suspensory device, especially a loop suspended from the neck and supporting the flexed forearm.
With a sling and a stone David smote the Philistine giant (1 Sam. 17:40, 49). There were 700 Benjamites who were so skilled in its use that with the left hand they “could sling stones at a hair breadth, and not miss” (Judg. 20:16; 1 Chr. 12:2). It was used by the Israelites in war (2 Kings 3:25). (See ARMS.) The words in Prov. 26:8, “As he that bindeth a stone in a sling,” etc. (Authorized Version), should rather, as in the Revised Version, be “As a bag of gems in a heap of stones,” etc.
- Sling ink
- Sling mud at
Insult or discredit someone, as in The paper became famous for slinging mud at movie stars. This term replaced throw mud at, which dates from the second half of the 1700s.
- Sling off
verb (intransitive, adverb) often foll by at 1. (Austral & NZ, informal) to laugh or jeer (at)
noun 1. a psychrometer so designed that the wet-bulb thermometer can be ventilated, to expedite evaporation, by whirling in the air.