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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.
1840-50, Americanism; sling1 + shot1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slingshot
  • One of the surprises to come out this work is that planets are regularly kicked out of these systems by slingshot effects.
  • Ely and the rest of the canopy team ascend trees by using a slingshot to shoot a climbing line up into the trees.
  • Tying a long string to a rock, he aimed his slingshot and shot a hive high in a tree, well out of reach of immediate retaliation.
  • The slingshot that you launch the birds with was actually introduced fairly late in the process.
  • When the gravity lets go, the two stars slingshot away from each other at high speed.
  • By giving objects differing levels of attraction you can slingshot them around each other and put them into orbit.
  • The plasma will largely follow the magnetic field, which means the reconnection event can be a rather efficient plasma slingshot.
  • Some people are suggesting some sort of gravitational slingshot mechanism.
  • But it also can slingshot them to the right delta-V so they can enter the inward rocky planets in the habitable zone.
  • In this ring, the ropes will stretch for slingshot antics, and the corners are padded.
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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