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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. The simplest form of the sled is a board turned up in front, as in the toboggan. Developments include the addition of wooden or metal runners, the coupling of two sleds in tandem (the bobsled), and the introduction of light and graceful horse-drawn passenger sleighs. Small sleds with runners are used in winter sports.

Evidence indicates that the sled was used in the Neolithic period, before the invention of the wheel or the use of any draft animal except the dog. Probably it was first drawn by a person. Whether the sled originated in the Old World or the New, or independently in each, is not known. Eskimos used a dogsled in pre-Columbian America. In ancient Egypt sleds were used to haul blocks of stone. The sled is still commonly used in northern regions.

See bobsleddingbobsledding,
winter sport in which a bobsled—a partially enclosed vehicle with steerable sledlike runners, accommodating two or four persons—hurtles down a course of iced, steeply banked, twisting inclines.
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; lugeluge
, a type of small sled on which one or two persons, lying face up, slide feet first down snowy hillsides or down steeply banked, curving, iced chutes similar to those used in bobsledding.
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; skeletonskeleton,
in winter sports, a type of small, very low, steel-frame sled on which one person, lying face down, slides headfirst down snowy hillsides or down steeply banked, curving, iced chutes similar to those used in luge and bobsledding.
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; tobogganingtobogganing,
sport of coasting down snowy hillsides or chutes on a toboggan, a flat-bottomed vehicle made of hard wood. The toboggan, typically measuring 1.5 ft by 6–8 ft (.46 m by 1.8–2.
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; see also travoistravois
, device used by Native North Americans of the Great Plains for transporting their tepees and household goods. It consisted of two poles, lashed one on either side of a dog or, later, a horse, with one end of each pole dragging on the ground.
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An item equipped with runners and a suitable body designed to transport loads over ice and snow.


1 (esp US and Canadian), sled
1. a vehicle mounted on runners, drawn by horses or dogs, for transporting people or goods, esp over snow
2. a light wooden frame used, esp by children, for sliding over snow; toboggan
3. NZ a farm vehicle mounted on runners, for use on rough or muddy ground


(Single Large Expensive Disk) The traditional hard disk drive used in minicomputers and mainframes. Such drives were widely used starting in the mid-1960s through the late 1980s. Today, all hard disks are small and inexpensive by comparison. See RAID.
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Sledders should ride feet first down a hill because they can use their feet to steer more easily and this position gives them the best vantage point for seeing oncoming hazards.
How we resisted its will to settle ways to the bottom, leaving the air--or water, I should say--above the sledders on their artic hill clear and empty, nothing momentous to trouble the view forever.
Photo: Piggyback sledders hurtle down slopes of Mount Shasta, California, on new sled.
Tubers and sledders slide down groomed slopes at the snow tube park located just above The Village at Mammoth, while families build snowmen in the snow play area.
At the rental shop just outside the park, a gray-haired man had warned me about sledders reaching speeds of 40 miles an hour.
Today, the firm whose products are used to finish everything from furniture to semiconductors not only helps America's sledders keep their edges smooth, it devised the recipe for the special steel used in their runners.
The Talkabout also can receive National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio broadcasts, especially convenient for all us skiers, sledders, and snowboarders on constant snow alert.
After learning the basics of accelerating, steering and stopping from USA Luge athletes and coaches, sledders age 10 and older can take practice runs on a recreational version of a luge sled down a track complete with curves and timing equipment.
Colorado history teems with stories of skiers, sledders and gritty settlers digging into harsh Rocky Mountain winters.
Together with husband Dennis, and their business partners Steve and Gall Bonne, they operate a small remote snowmobile and ATV lodge offering trail-side gas and accommodations to the legions of predominately American sledders expected this winter.
Tubers and sledders will fly down groomed slopes at the snow tube park located just above The Village at Mammoth.
Indeed sledders had their pick of several hills, though some were looking a little worse for the wear.