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1 a highball with liquor and water with sugar and lemon or lime juice
2 a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones [syn: slingshot, catapult]
3 a shoe that has a strap that wraps around the heel [syn: slingback]
4 a simple weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a projectile is whirled and then released
5 bandage to support an injured forearm; consisting of a wide triangular piece of cloth hanging from around the neck [syn: scarf bandage, triangular bandage] v : hurl as if with a sling [syn: catapult] [also: slung]

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  1. To throw.


to throw


  1. In the context of "Weapon": 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.
    • 1786: The Sling is also a weapon of great antiquity, formerly in high estimation among the ancients. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 43.
  2. A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported.
  3. A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering.
  4. A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder.
  5. (Nautical) A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast; -- chiefly in the plural.
  6. The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke.
  7. A device used by a sexually passive partner to raise and support the legs during sex. This kind of sex sling consists of a cushion fitting under the neck, joined by 2 straps to each ankle, and these attached to each wrist.
  8. A leather hammock sometimes found in gay sex clubs to recline and elevate a sexually passive partner, and further raise and support the legs, hence: sling room.


  • 1600: To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing, end them. — William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, line 55.


instrument for throwing
  • Czech: prak
  • Finnish: linko
  • Greek: σφεντόνα
  • Russian: праща
  • Serbian: praćka , praća
rope or chain arrangement
strap attached to a firearm
rope or iron securing a yard to a mast
the act of hurling as with a sling

Extensive Definition

The word sling may refer to:
  • Sling (weapon), a device used to hurl projectiles
  • Sling (climbing equipment) is an item of climbing equipment consisting of a sewn loop of webbing that can be wrapped around sections of rock or tied to other pieces of equipment.
  • Sling (furniture)
  • Ski jumping sling is an item of sports training equipment.
  • Sling (cocktail), an archaic American term for a drink composed of spirit and water, sweetened and flavored.
    • Singapore Sling is a cocktail that was invented by Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
  • Slingbox, which streams media via internet
In medicine
In clothing
  • Slingback shoes
  • Baby sling, a piece of fabric tied to carry a child or infant.
  • Sling (firearms), a strap harness attached to a long gun such as a rifle or a shotgun, designed to support the firearm in some intended position on the operator's body
In heavy equipment supports a weight by contacting 2 or more points using cable,chains or rope to a single point of lift to evenly distribute weight

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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