sledge

Definitions

  • Dad Stood up in the Sledge 267
    Dad Stood up in the Sledge 267
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sledge beat with a sledgehammer
    • v sledge ride in or travel with a sledge "the antarctic expedition sledged along the coastline","The children sledged all day by the lake"
    • v sledge transport in a sleigh
    • n sledge a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
    • n sledge a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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GIRLS ON OVERTURNED SLEDGE, HOLMENCOLLEN GIRLS ON OVERTURNED SLEDGE, HOLMENCOLLEN
SLEDGING BY TORCHLIGHT SLEDGING BY TORCHLIGHT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sledge A game at cards; -- called also old sledge, and all fours.
    • Sledge A hurdle on which, formerly, traitors were drawn to the place of execution.
    • n Sledge A large, heavy hammer, usually wielded with both hands; -- called also sledge hammer. "With his heavy sledge he can it beat."
    • Sledge A sleigh.
    • Sledge A strong vehicle with low runners or low wheels; or one without wheels or runners, made of plank slightly turned up at one end, used for transporting loads upon the snow, ice, or bare ground; a sled.
    • v. i. & t Sledge slĕj To travel or convey in a sledge or sledges.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sledge A large heavy hammer, used chiefly by blacksmiths. Also called sledge-hammer. The about-sledge gives the heaviest blow, the handle being grasped by both hands to swing the sledge over the head. The uphand sledge is used for light work, and is rarely raised above the head.
    • n sledge Same as sled, 1 and 2.
    • n sledge A vehicle without wheels, commonly on runners and of various forms, much used in northern countries where ice and snow prevail; a sleigh: as, a reindeer sledge; an Eskimo sledge. In the United States sledge is not used in this sense. See sleigh, and cut under pulk.
    • n sledge Hence, anything serving the purpose of a vehicle which may be dragged without wheels along the ground, as the hurdle on which persons were formerly drawn to execution.
    • n sledge Same as sled, 2.
    • n sledge In heraldry, a bearing representing a heavy vehicle with runners like a sledge.
    • sledge To convey or transports, in a sledge; travel in a sledge.
    • n sledge The thick wooden outer case of a mummy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sledge a carriage with runners made for sliding upon snow: a sleigh: anything dragged without wheels along the ground
    • n Sledge slej an instrument for striking: a large heavy hammer used chiefly by ironsmiths.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps from sleds, pl. of sled, confused with sledge, a hammer. See Sled (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slecgsleán, to strike, slay (cf. Ger. schlägel, a beater—schlagen).

Usage

In literature:

The sledge drove twice round the square, and Kay fastened his own little sledge to it, so that when it went away, he followed with it.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
These, with drills and a sledge-hammer, they hid in a corner of the wall.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
The sledges were to be taken no further.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
On Christmas Eve Santa Claus came in his sledge heaped high with presents, urging his team of reindeer across the field.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
In 1851 he came over from Austin's squadron with a sledge party.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
But Thornton came at last to the place where the forest ran out into more open woods and the "trace" widened to a sledge-trail.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Another pulley through which the rope passes when the sledge is used.
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
They travelled with sledges, and chose land to stay and live upon each summer.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
As we haven't a sledge, it would be awkward to carry you to the factory.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
Kay was thinking how much he would like to tie his little sledge behind a cart, when a big sledge, painted white, drove by.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
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In poetry:

Wha wi' Will could rin, or wrastle?
Throw the sledge, or toss the bar?
Hap what would, he stood a castle,
Or for safety, or for war:
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
The reeling earth
In furious mirth
With sledges of ice I smote.
I whirled my sword
Where the pale berg roar'd,
I took the ship by the throat!
"The Ghosts Of The Trees" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"To conquer fair Milan I threw
My shot against the Swiss array
On Marignano's dreadful day:
On sledges hardy soldiers drew
My weight through snows, where eagles knew
Alone the Alpine way.
"The Armada Gun" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
See! In your very midst there dwell
Ten thousand thousand blacks, a wedge
Forged in the furnaces of hell,
And sharpened to a cruel edge
By wrong and by injustice fell,
And driven by hatred as a sledge.
"Fragment" by James Weldon Johnson
Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.
"The Village Blacksmith" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Could I sit then and listen to preachments on turning the cheek
to the blow,
And saying a prayer for the smiter, and holding my seen treasure low
For the sake of a treasure unseen? By the sledge of the Thunderer, no!
"King Raedwald" by Helen Gray Cone

In news:

Sledge worked for the PGA Tour and as a self-employed painter.
He is survived by his wife, De Sledge .
The Sledge sisters—Kathy, Kim, Joni and Debbie—discuss their childhood music idols and the hairstyles they'd love to forget.
1 Sledge was touring the South wi.
Percy Sledge 's Atlantic Recordings covers tracks he created from 1966 to 1974.
Percy Sledge , The Atlantic Recordings.
Percy Sledge performs at NPAC with a little help from some local talent.
Ben Williams and Renee Bell of Athens announce the engagement of their daughter, Claire Williams of Suwanee, to Cale Sledge of Lawrenceville, son of Craig and Sylvia Sledge of Grayson.
2 NEW SERIES, 'MATLOCK' AND ' SLEDGE HAMMER'.
Former Pontiac School official Jumanne Sledge pleads guilty to taking $236,000 from the district.
John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press Hayley Wickenheiser joins a game of sledge hockey at the MTS Iceplex Saturday.
Wright State announced Wednesday that 6-foot-9 sophomore forward Tavares Sledge has been suspended two games for "violation of team policy.".
Sledge will miss Friday's season opener at Idaho and the second game at Eastern Illinois on Tuesday.
Iona G Tavon Sledge, a transfer from Iowa State, granted hardship waiver.
Iona transfer Sledge gets waiver, will be eligible immediately .
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In science:

This was found on December 5, 1912, during one of the many sledging expeditions undertaken to chart the coastal fringes around Commonwealth Bay in Adelie Land (Bayly & Stillwell, 1923).
Astronomy in Antarctica
On one of these excursions, Frank Bickerton led a sledging party with Leslie Whetter and Alfred Hodgeman.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
In an interesting footnote to the story, the Western Sledging Party also made the first attempt to use aero-transport in Antarctica with an air tractor – a light plane on skis (see Figure 2), with its main wings removed.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
It was discovered on a sledging party in Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
The Western Sledging Party, led by Frank Bickerton, found the meteorite on 5 December 1912, half buried in the snow, about 18 miles from their base.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
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