Definition of sling noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//slɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//slɪŋ//
    Medical equipment
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  1. 1a band of cloth that is tied around a person’s neck and used to support a broken or injured arm He had his arm in a sling. See related entries: Medical equipment
  2. 2a device consisting of a band, ropes, etc. for holding and lifting heavy objects The engine was lifted in a sling of steel rope.
  3. 3a device like a bag for carrying a baby on your back or in front of you
  4. 4 (in the past) a simple weapon made from a band of leather, etc., used for throwing stones synonym catapult
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: probably from Low German, of symbolic origin; compare with German Schlinge ‘noose, snare’. Sense (1) of the verb is from Old Norse slyngva.
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