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Meaning of SLING

Pronunciation:  sling

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
  2. [n]  bandage to support an injured forearm; consisting of a wide triangular piece of cloth hanging from around the neck
  3. [n]  liquor and water with sugar and lemon or lime juice
  4. [v]  hurl as if with a sling

SLING is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: catapult, catapult, scarf bandage, slingshot, triangular bandage
 See Also: bandage, cast, gin sling, highball, hurl, hurtle, plaything, rum sling, toy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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, 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.
    2. The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw;
       figuratively, a stroke.
             The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. --Shak.
             At one sling Of thy victorius arm, well-pleasing
             Son.                                  --Milton.
    3. A contrivance for sustaining anything by suspension; as:
       (a) A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in
           which a wounded arm or hand is supported.
       (b) A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for
           suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in
           hoisting or lowering.
       (c) A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from
           the shoulder.
       (d) (Naut.) A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to
           a mast; -- chiefly in the plural.
    {Sling cart}, a kind of cart used to transport cannon and
       their carriages, large stones, machines, etc., the objects
       transported being slung, or suspended by a chain attached
       to the axletree.
    {Sling dog}, one of a pair of iron hooks used as part of a
       sling. See def. 3
       (b) above.
  2. \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, to sling, Sw. slunga, Dan. slynge, Lith. slinkti
    to creep.]
    1. To throw with a sling. ``Every one could sling stones at
       an hairbreadth, and not miss.'' --Judg. xx. 16.
    2. To throw; to hurl; to cast. --Addison.
    3. To hang so as to swing; as, to sling a pack.
    4. (Naut) To pass a rope round, as a cask, gun, etc.,
       preparatory to attaching a hoisting or lowering tackle.
  3. \Sling\, n. [Cf. G. schlingen to swallow.]
    A drink composed of spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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.