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sled

[sled] /slɛd/
noun
1.
a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
2.
a sledge.
verb (used without object), sledded, sledding.
3.
to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.
verb (used with object), sledded, sledding.
4.
to convey by sled.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh; cf. slide
Related forms
sledlike, adjective
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh.
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Word Origin and History for sledded

sled

n.

early 14c., "a dragged vehicle used for transport of heavy goods," from Middle Dutch sledde "sled," from Proto-Germanic *slid- (cf. Old Saxon slido, Old Norse sleði, Danish slæde, Swedish släde, Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sledge"), from the same root as Old English slidan (see slide (v.)). Not found in Old English. In reference to a sleigh used for travel or recreation, it is attested from 1580s, now mainly American English.

v.

"transport on a sled," 1718; "ride on a sled," 1780, from sled (n.). Related: Sledded; sledding.

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Encyclopedia Article for sledded

sled

vehicle usually drawn by either horses or dogs over ice or snow in winter. Its predecessor, the sledge, in the form of the travois and the sidecar, is believed to have been the first vehicle used by humans.

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