• IPA: /ˈslɪŋ/

sling (slings, present participle slinging; past slung, past participle slung)

  1. To throw with a circular or arcing motion.
    • 2000, Bible (World English), Judges xx. 16
      Everyone could sling stones at an hairbreadth, and not miss.
  2. To throw with a sling.
  3. (nautical) To pass a rope around (a cask, gun, etc.) preparatory to attaching a hoisting or lowering tackle.
  4. (slang) To sell, peddle, or distribute illicitly (e.g. drugs, sex, etc.).
    • 2008, Breaking Bad, Season 1, Episode 6:
      You may know a lot about chemistry man but you don't know jack about slinging dope.
Translations Noun

sling (plural slings)

  1. (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.
  2. A kind of hanging bandage put around the neck, in which a wounded arm or hand is supported.
  3. A loop of cloth, worn around the neck, for supporting a baby or other such load.
  4. A loop of rope, or a rope or chain with hooks, for suspending a barrel, bale, or other heavy object, in hoisting or lowering.
  5. A strap attached to a firearm, for suspending it from the shoulder.
  6. (nautical, chiefly, in the plural) A band of rope or iron for securing a yard to a mast.
  7. The act or motion of hurling as with a sling; a throw; figuratively, a stroke.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      At one sling / Of thy victorious arm, well-pleasing Son.
  8. (climbing) 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.
  9. A drink composed of a spirit (usually gin) and water sweetened.
    gin sling
    a Singapore sling
Translations Translations
  • French: écharpe
  • German: Armschlinge, Armschlaufe
  • Italian: bendaggio
  • Portuguese: tipoia
  • Russian: пе́ревязь
  • Spanish: cabestrillo
  • German: (of cloth, for a baby) Tragetuch
  • Italian: porta bebè
  • French: élingue
  • Portuguese: estropo
  • Russian: кана́т
  • Spanish: eslinga
Translations Translations Translations Noun

sling (plural slings)

  1. A young or infant spider, such as one raised in captivity.

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