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sledding

[sled-ing] /ˈslɛd ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the state of the ground permitting use of a sled:
The mountain roads offer good sledding.
2.
the going, or kind of travel, for sleds, as determined by ground and weather conditions.
3.
a going, progress, or advance in any field:
The job won't be easy sledding.
4.
the act of conveying or riding on a sled.
Origin of sledding
1675-1685
1675-85, Americanism; sled + -ing1

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; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh1; cf. slide
Related forms
sledlike, adjective
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh.
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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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