Definition of sled in English:



North american
  • 1A vehicle, typically on runners, for conveying goods or passengers over snow or ice, either pushed or pulled, or drawn by horses, dogs, or a motor vehicle.

    • ‘I forced myself to get up and, with what little strength I had left, began running after the horse and sled.’
    • ‘All you can hear is the swishing of the sled runners across the snow, the pitter-patter of the dogs' feet, and my own breathing as I puff through a scarf that's matted with ice crystals.’
    • ‘Another gray sled pulled up, Zeke leaning over the edge.’
    • ‘A covered carriage with sled runners pulled by four strong horses is awaiting its passengers.’
    • ‘The women will fight brutal weather as they each pull sleds piled with 250 pounds of supplies.’
    • ‘It was a common sight to see a team of six to eight men pushing and pulling a wooden sled up the hill to deliver artillery ammunition.’
    • ‘We pulled the sled out of the snow and Steve rode it out of there.’
    • ‘Traveling by reindeer sled is a wonderfully quiet and peaceful way to see the North, with just the sounds of the reindeer's hooves on the snow and the tinkling of bells on their harnesses.’
    • ‘Mr Cooney, who already holds the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, has had to pull a 200 lb sled across the snow and ice.’
    • ‘His 400-mile trek to the Magnetic North Pole, pulling a 70 kg sled, is planned to take about 30 days.’
    • ‘Abel travelled by sled to visit his fiancée again in Froland for Christmas 1828.’
    • ‘She places whatever she needs in a snow sled and pulls it wherever she needs to go.’
    • ‘He uses various instruments to do this, including one that looks like an oversized sled, which is pulled by an all-terrain vehicle or a human when the crop is too tall.’
    • ‘He's a working dog: for rallies he wears a harness and pulls a rig or sled, as he was bred to do.’
    1. 1.1A small lightweight vehicle, either on runners or having a smooth bottom surface, used for sliding downhill over snow or ice.
      • ‘These sleds reach a minimum speed of 80 mph and the driver has to contend with g-force in each of the turns.’
      • ‘She threw herself onto the sled and slid down through the fresh snow to the bottom.’
      • ‘It offers skis for downhill and cross country enthusiasts, as well as sleds, tubes and snow shoes.’
      • ‘Instead of sliding down hills on sleds, kids now barrel down the street on bikes and skateboards.’
      • ‘Then we'd go find trash can lids, and eventually real sleds, and slide down into a pile of snow.’
      • ‘They hadn't been able to get their hands on sleds, but a sleigh ride was always fun on a snowy evening.’
      • ‘Apparently in the good old days in Sweden they used to race their sleds to church and the winner of the race would have the best harvest for the coming year.’
      • ‘The man tries to explain his state of mind by comparing it to going downhill on a snow sled, but Jonas does not know what sled and snow are.’
      • ‘Plus our sleds are designed with bumpers on each of the four corners to provide some protection if we hit a wall.’
      • ‘We trudged through the snow for a good half hour to make it to the hardware store where we examined all the sleds and finally settled on a long bright orange plastic toboggan.’
      • ‘The day of the party promises mittens and hats, mufflers and ski pants, toboggans and sleds.’
    2. 1.2
      another term for snowmobile


[NO OBJECT]North american
  • Travel or slide downhill over snow on a sled.

    ‘I know my kids would love to have one last snowstorm to build a snowman and go sledding’
    ‘the two sledded down a snow-covered hill’
    • ‘On February 6, I was sledding with my sons when I vaguely heard an ambulance go by.’
    • ‘Snow can mean a day off school, sledding, and most of all, Christmas.’
    • ‘Not to be deterred, the kids were hauling their sleds up the 3m high slope by Victoria Road Bridge, and sledding down the wet grass.’
    • ‘The risk of concussion is also increased in other sports and activities, such as gymnastics, skiing, sledding, ice skating, rollerblading and horseback riding.’
    • ‘I plopped down and asked, ‘So… what exactly happened after I went sledding down the stairs?’’
    • ‘Only two months were left of our field season, and that was spent largely on cross-country skis, hauling sleds laden with carboys full of seawater.’
    • ‘My cousins and I went sledding, and they were making me laugh - so much that I fell onto my sled backward as it started to glide down the hill.’
    • ‘The women fall in behind, maneuvering trains of reindeer sleds laden with our equipment and supplies.’
    • ‘Oh, you might go out to sled, to build a snowman, but the days of sitting out back with your feet up, listening to the radio, having a cup of hard dark coffee and a good cigar are over, son.’
    • ‘Zachery, with his usual flair for talking a good game but chickening out when the crunch came, at first refused outright to sled down the hill.’
    • ‘Then there's snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, watching the Northern Lights, dog sledding, camping, hunting and hang gliding.’
    • ‘The company is reconnecting with its hard-core audience by leaping into edgy new sports well before others - kite skiing, for example, and high-performance sledding.’
    • ‘I haven't been sledding since I moved… a year ago?’
    • ‘I always want to go sledding where he went sledding, because he knew where the best hills were located.’
    • ‘Let's go for a walk and go sledding or something!’
    • ‘This foam board with a slick-plastic belly is superquick when running straight - a feeling enhanced by sledding head first, your chin just an inch or so off the snow.’
    • ‘Induce a flashback to your younger years, and start a snowball fight, go sledding, and make a snowman, or a snow angel.’
    • ‘The two of us mothers were not sure if my boy kid and her girl kid would get along and go sledding while we skied, but we risked it.’
    • ‘He became acutely aware-and regretful-of the reason why people in the mountains didn't usually wear tennis shoes and sweat shirts when they went sledding.’
    • ‘Feeling like a little kid, she said, ‘We should go sledding on Mrs. Burbank's hill Thursday.’’


Middle English: from Middle Low German sledde; related to the verb slide.