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sleigh:

see sledsled,
vehicle that moves by sliding. A sledge is typically a heavier, load-carrying sled drawn by a horse or dog, while a sleigh is a partially enclosed horse-drawn vehicle with runners that has seats for passengers.
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Sleigh

 

a common type of vehicle without wheels, usually equipped with runners. Sleighs without runners include certain types of travois, the toboggan of the Canadian Indians, and Lapp sledges. Sleighs pulled by horses, deer, or dogs include drags and narty (drawn sledges used by northern peoples). There also are various kinds of sleighs with bodies; open sleighs with a hood include the Russian balochok and kibitka.

Sleighs predate wheeled vehicles and were known in both southern and northern countries. Many peoples whose civilization already had wheeled transportation, such as the peoples of ancient Egypt and Rus’, customarily used sleighs in their burial rites. Until the end of the 17th century Russian tsars and patriarchs used sleighs as ceremonial vehicles even in the summer, as it was considered more of an honor to ride in a sleigh than in a carriage. In regions without roads in the Far North and in parts of Southern Siberia sleighs were often used in place of wheeled vehicles in the summer.

Sleighs are used in rural areas of countries with snowy winters. They are also used in sports. Some sectors of the economy use aerosleighs.

sleigh

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Part of a gun carriage which supports the recoil mechanism and barrel of the gun and slides with the gun on recoil, guiding it in runways in the cradle.
References in classic literature ?
The weather was as pitiless as usual; but it is easier to draw a sleigh loaded with good food than to hunt starving.
The jingling sound prevented collisions since sleighs slid so silently over the snow.
The big Belgian horses pulled sleighs carrying 10 to 12 people through beech-tree forests.
Saturday's event features several types of sleighs from 80 to 120 years old.
To that end, the Davises, who own two Victorian sleighs that hold up to five people each and the "Big Red Sleigh" that fits up to 14 people, treat their guests to a 45-minute ride across 100 acres of fields, meadows and woods.
The Round Table sleighs have been visiting the 'good' boys and girls in the local communities for more than 40 years, and for many it really marks the start of the Christmas season.
com SLEIGHS NOT JUST FOR SANTA Sure, we all think of sleighs as being Father Christmas's preferred mode of transport.
STURBRIDGE -- More than 20 horse-drawn sleighs and a record number of participants from throughout New England and New York will be featured at Old Sturbridge Village's annual Antique Sleigh Rally Feb 1.
By the 1880s, the loading of increasingly larger numbers of logs on sleighs had become an undeclared contest among Midwestern lumbermen.
They also added that the number of the visitors has increased thanks to horse sleighs.
Most likely, the expression started to circulate during the period when sledges and sleighs as means of transport were adopted.
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