1. a rope or strap by which something may be secured or lifted
2. a rope net swung from a crane, used for loading and unloading cargo
a. a halyard for a yard
b. the part of a yard where the sling is attached
4. Med a wide piece of cloth suspended from the neck for supporting an injured hand or arm across the front of the body
5. Mountaineering a loop of rope or tape used for support in belays, abseils, etc.
a mixed drink with a spirit base, usually sweetened
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
an ancient manual throwing weapon. A sling consisted of a strap made of leather, animal hair, or vegetable fiber with a broader middle part into which a stone or lead ball was placed.
The sling was whirled around the head and the projectile was let fly by releasing one end of the strap. Slings were used in the armies of the ancient world—for instance, in Egypt, Greece, and Rome—and in the Middle Ages. In the 16th and 17th centuries slings were used in Europe to throw grenades.
a load-gripping device, usually of rope or chain and having one or several branches, with a hook, clamp, or loop on the end. Slings sometimes take the form of straps or nets. Automatic slings, having special gripping devices, are used for lashing and unlashing loads in inaccessible places and for gripping containers and pallets. Certain parts of aerostats and parachutes are referred to as suspension lines (or top cords).
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A length of rope, wire rope, or chain used for attaching a load to a crane hook.
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elevator car-frame sling
The supporting frame of an elevator to which are attached the car platform, guide shoes, elevator car safety, hoisting ropes (or sheaves), and/or associated equipment.
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Special sling used for hosting helicopter quick engine-change assembly.
A lifting attachment used to support the engine while it is being installed or removed from the airplane. There are special slings to lift aircraft as well.
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