Definitions for sling
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a highball with liquor and water with sugar and lemon or lime juice
slingshot, sling, catapultnoun
a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
a shoe that has a strap that wraps around the heel
a simple weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a projectile is whirled and then released
sling, scarf bandage, triangular bandageverb
bandage to support an injured forearm; consisting of a wide triangular piece of cloth hanging from around the neck
hurl as if with a sling
hang loosely or freely; let swing
move with a sling
"sling the cargo onto the ship"
hold or carry in a sling
"he cannot button his shirt with his slinged arm"
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.
A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported.
A loop of cloth, worn around the neck, for supporting a baby.
A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering.
A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder.
(Nautical) A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast; -- chiefly in the plural.
The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke.
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.
A drink composed of a spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened.
To throw with a circular or arcing motion.
Etymology: Probably from slyngja, slyngva, from slingwanan (compare Old English slingan, German schlingen, Danish slynge), from slenk (compare Welsh llyngyr, Lithuanian sliñkti, Latvian slìkt).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: slingan , Saxon; slingen, Dutch.
The arrow cannot make him flee: sling stones are turned with him into stubble. Job xli. 28.
Dreads he the twanging of the archer’s string?
Or singing stones from the Phœnician sling? George Sandys.
Slings have so much greater swiftness than a stone thrown from the hand, by how much the end of the sling is farther off from the shoulder-joint, the center of motion. John Wilkins.
The Tuscan king
Laid by the lance, and took him to the sling;
Thrice whirl’d the thong around his head, and threw
The heated lead, half melted as it flew. John Dryden, Æn.
Whirl’d from a sling, or from an engine thrown,
Amidst the foes, as flies a mighty stone,
So flew the beast. John Dryden, Ovid.
’Till cram’d and gorg’d, nigh burst
With suck’d and glutted offal, at one sling
Of thy victorious arm, well-pleasing son. John Milton, Par. Lost.
Etymology: from the noun.
Ætna’s entrails fraught with fire,
That now casts out dark fumes and pitchy clouds,
Incenst, or tears up mountains by the roots,
Or slings a broken rock aloft in air. Addison.
From rivers drive the kids, and sling your hook;
Anon I’ll wash ’em in the shallow brook. Dryden.
Cœnus I saw amidst the shouts
Of mariners, and busy care to sling
His horses soon ashore. John Dryden, Cleomenes.
They slung up one of their largest hogsheads, then rolled it towards my hand, and beat out the top. Gulliver’s Travels.
A sling is a device used to support and immobilize a body part, particularly the arm or shoulder, in case of an injury. It can also refer to a type of weapon that consists of a band or strap, typically used for throwing stones or other projectiles.
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. The missile being lodged in a hole in the strap, the ends of the string are taken in the hand, and the whole whirled rapidly round until, by loosing one end, the missile is let fly with centrifugal force
the act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke
a contrivance for sustaining anything by suspension
a kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported
a loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering
a strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder
a band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast; -- chiefly in the plural
to throw with a sling
to throw; to hurl; to cast
to hang so as to swing; as, to sling a pack
to pass a rope round, as a cask, gun, etc., preparatory to attaching a hoisting or lowering tackle
a drink composed of spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened
Etymology: [OE. slinge; akin to OD. slinge, D. slinger, OHG. slinga; cf. OF. eslingue, of German origin. See Sling, v. t.]
A sling is a projectile weapon typically used to throw a blunt projectile such as a stone, clay or lead "sling-bullet". It is also known as the shepherd's sling. A sling has a small cradle or pouch in the middle of two lengths of cord. The sling stone is placed in the pouch. The middle finger is placed through the loop, the other string has a tab that is placed between the thumb and forefinger. The sling is swung and with a flick of the wrist the tab is released at the precise moment. This frees the projectile to fly to the target. The sling derives its effectiveness by essentially extending the length of a human arm, thus allowing stones to be thrown farther than they could be by hand. The sling is inexpensive and easy to build. It has historically been used for hunting game and in combat. Film exists of Spanish Civil War combatants using slings to throw grenades over buildings into enemy positions on the opposite street. Today the sling interests sportsmen as a wilderness survival tool and as an improvised weapon.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sling, n. a strap or pocket with a string attached to each end, for hurling a stone: a throw: a hanging bandage for a wounded limb: a rope with hooks, used in hoisting and lowering weights: a sweep or swing: a stroke as from a missile thrown from a sling.—v.t. to throw with a sling: to hang so as to swing: to move or swing by means of a rope: to cast.—v.i. to bound along with swinging steps: (slang) to blow the nose with the fingers:—pa.t. and pa.p. slung.—ns. Sling′er; Sling′stone, a stone to be thrown from a sling. [A.S. slingan, to turn in a circle; Ger. schlingen, to move or twine round.]
sling, n. toddy with grated nutmeg.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A weapon much in use before the introduction of fire-arms, consisted of a piece of leather, with a round hole in the middle, and two cords of about a yard in length. A round pebble being hung in the leather by cords, the latter were held firmly in the right hand, and swung rapidly round. When the stone had attained great speed, one string was disengaged, on which the stone flew off at a tangent, its initial velocity being the same as it had at the last moment of revolution. This velocity gives far greater range and force than could be imparted in mere throwing. The men who used this weapon were called slingers.
A leather strap attached to a musket, serving to support it across the soldier’s back, as occasion may require.
Etymology and Origins
An American mixed drink, so called on account of the different ingredients slung into it.
The numerical value of sling in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of sling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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I take responsibility for all my faults, if you want to sling mud, I promise you that no one can sling mud at me that I had not already slung at myself publicly.
To prepare for those situations, we use this mission to train, it's the same exact type of sling, same exact type of communication, training and mission prep for a Christmas tree all the way to a very heavy generator.
I once dared a customer on a hen night to sling a bra to the horn to win a free shot, she did and it has become a tradition ever since.
My guns are all very recognizable, we do a lot of custom work, there was one Ak-47 copy built from a .22 I identified. Everything from the optic to the way the sling was placed was all very identifiable.
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