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English definition of “sling”

sling

noun [C]     /slɪŋ/
a device that uses a strap , piece of cloth , or ropes for supporting , lifting , or carrying objects : The cylinder was lifted from the seabed in a sling.Machinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores a device for supporting a broken or damaged arm in which the arm is held in front of the body in a piece of cloth that is tied around the neck : I had my arm in a sling for six weeks .Medical dressings, supports and devices a device like a bag for carrying a baby , tied to the front or the back of an adult's body Containers for carrying personal possessionsChildren and babies a simple weapon used mainly in the past in which a strap held at the ends was used for throwing stones Hand weaponsHandguns and rifles
(Definition of sling noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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