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[sling-shot] /ˈslɪŋˌʃɒt/
a Y -shaped stick with an elastic strip between the prongs for shooting stones and other small missiles.
Origin of slingshot
1840-50, Americanism; sling1 + shot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A sparrow is always fair game for the boy with a slingshot or rifle.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • One had to be equally expert with a blaster and a slingshot when the occasion demanded.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • The slingshot and the looped line, which had served such a useful purpose in securing birds, continued to be of prime importance.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • Jim and Charity were dazed as if some footpad had struck them over the head with a slingshot.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • John Wilson said, "He should have had that one with a slingshot."

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • As I scrambled to my feet and ran a few feet again I was hit on the shoulder with a slingshot.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
  • If he goes on with these fairy stories he will merely measure us coolly for a slingshot.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • The pellet bow, a form of slingshot, was also common in the earliest times.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • Tiradur ang ipayhag sa balay sa putyúkan, Smash the beehive with a slingshot.

British Dictionary definitions for slingshot


(US & Canadian) a Y-shaped implement with a loop of elastic fastened to the ends of the two prongs, used mainly by children for shooting small stones, etc Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) catapult
another name for sling1 (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slingshot

1849, from sling (v.) + shot (n.). As a verb, from 1969. The piece of stone or metal hurled from it is a sling-stone (late 14c.). A slung-shot (1848) was a rock wrapped in a sling, used as a weapon by roughs and criminals.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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slingshot in Technology
networking, business, tool, product, protocol
CSK Software's real time financial server for the Internet.
Slingshot allows the delivery of real time market data across the Internet and private intranets quickly, cheaply and securely. The first beta-test version was released free to the Internet on 6 August 1996. Slingshot allows any financial institution, regardless of size, to publish their rates and associated information to a global audience using standard Internet protocols and software. The real-time data can be seamlessly integrated into any standard World-Wide Web application and thus combined with static text, database queries and even audio and video objects, to create services.
The Slingshot protocol enables the delivery of other forms of real time data over the Internet, thus making Slingshot useful in industries as varied as manufacturing, betting, telemetry, weather, transport and medicine.
Version 2's improved protocol minimises the required bandwidth and can go through firewalls, proxies, and virus scanners, making Slingshot real-time data accessible everywhere where normal web access is possible.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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