Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

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 bodyContainers 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 stonesHand weaponsHandguns and rifles
(Definition of sling noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of sling

Definitions of “sling” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

well in (with)

to have a good relationship with someone in which they like you and from which you get an advantage

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More