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English

Etymology

Probably from Old Norse slyngva (to throw)[1] (compare Danish slynge), cognate with Old High German slingan (to twist).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to sling

Third person singular
slings

Simple past
slung or slang

Past participle
slung

Present participle
slinging

to sling (third-person singular simple present slings, present participle slinging, simple past slung or slang, past participle slung)
  1. To throw.

Translations

Noun

A sling (sense 2)

Singular
sling

Plural
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sling ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 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.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 43,  
      The Sling is also a weapon of great antiquity, formerly in high estimation among the ancients.
  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.
    • 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, line 55,  
      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.
  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.

Translations

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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ Etymology of sling in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "ME, prob. from ON slyngva, to hurl; akin to OHG slingan, to worm, twist, Lith slinkti"

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