|1.||a simple weapon consisting of a loop of leather, etc, in which a stone is whirled and then let fly|
|2.||a rope or strap by which something may be secured or lifted|
|3.||a rope net swung from a crane, used for loading and unloading cargo|
|a. a halyard for a yard|
|b. (often plural) the part of a yard where the sling is attached|
|5.||med a wide piece of cloth suspended from the neck for supporting an injured hand or arm across the front of the body|
|6.||a loop or band attached to an object for carrying|
|7.||mountaineering a loop of rope or tape used for support in belays, abseils, etc|
|8.||the act of slinging|
|—vb , slings, slinging, slung|
|9.||(tr) to hurl with or as if with a sling|
|10.||to attach a sling or slings to (a load, etc)|
|11.||(tr) to carry or hang loosely from or as if from a sling: to sling washing from the line|
|12.||informal to throw|
|13.||informal (Austral) (intr) to pay a part of one's wages or profits as a bribe or tip|
|[C13: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse slyngva to hurl, Old High German slingan]|
A supporting bandage or suspensory device, especially a loop suspended from the neck and supporting the flexed forearm.
With a sling and a stone David smote the Philistine giant (1 Sam. 17:40, 49). There were 700 Benjamites who were so skilled in its use that with the left hand they "could sling stones at a hair breadth, and not miss" (Judg. 20:16; 1 Chr. 12:2). It was used by the Israelites in war (2 Kings 3:25). (See ARMS.) The words in Prov. 26:8, "As he that bindeth a stone in a sling," etc. (Authorized Version), should rather, as in the Revised Version, be "As a bag of gems in a heap of stones," etc.
implement for propelling missiles, one of the first missile weapons used in warfare. It consisted of a small strap or socket of leather to which two cords were attached. The warrior, or slinger, held the ends of the cords in one hand, placed the missile snugly in the strap, and whirled the socket and missile rapidly around his head; by letting go of one cord at the right moment, the slinger could let the missile fly out of the socket at a high speed. In another type, the sling was attached to a short staff that was held in both hands; it was used for heavier missiles, especially in siege operations during the European Middle Ages.
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