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[sled-ing] /ˈslɛd ɪŋ/
the state of the ground permitting use of a sled:
The mountain roads offer good sledding.
the going, or kind of travel, for sleds, as determined by ground and weather conditions.
a going, progress, or advance in any field:
The job won't be easy sledding.
the act of conveying or riding on a sled.
1675-85, Americanism; sled + -ing1


[sled] /slɛd/
a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
a sledge.
verb (used without object), sledded, sledding.
to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.
verb (used with object), sledded, sledding.
to convey by sled.
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sledding
  • We seem to intuit that some good can come from rough sledding.
  • She spent hours with my brothers and me, making gingerbread houses or sledding or cutting out paper snowflakes.
  • Haying and sledding are haying and sledding, never mind trivial evolutions of gear.
  • In the winter they would go sledding or skating on the frozen creek, building a bonfire on the shore to keep warm.
  • The novel's denouement hinges on, of all things, an ill-fated sledding accident.
  • Or the spicy whiff of gingerbread that takes you right back to a sledding-filled snow day.
  • The nervous exegete, worried about having missed a buried meaning, might fail to hear the sound surfing and syllable sledding.
  • Use caution when sledding and inspect the area for obstacles.
  • In winter, skiing, snowmobiles and dog sledding are also popular.
  • Dog sledding is offered year-round, often in conjunction with a flight-seeing tour and glacier landing.
Word Origin and History for sledding



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.


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

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Encyclopedia Article for sledding


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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