A sling for discharging stones, or leaden plummets (glandes
— a weapon
commonly used in warfare by the Spaniards, Persians, Egyptians, and other foreign
nations; and also occasionally by the Romans, as is shown by the annexed illustration,
representing a Roman soldier in the army of Trajan, from the column erected in honour of that
emperor (Plin. H. N. vii. 37
Georg. i. 309
). A casting-net; employed, like our own,
for taking fish in rivers (
Georg. i. 141
; Serv. ad l.; Isidor.
Orig. xix. 5, 2
); but apparently cast from behind, and over the right
shoulder, instead of being discharged from the left shoulder and in front of the person
throwing it, as is now the practice.
A bag or pack
slung over the shoulders, for the convenience of carrying money, or any other small
Sat. ii. 4
); probably so called because, with the straps which
fastened it, it had the appearance of a sling, as shown
by the annexed illustration, from the device on a bronze lamp.
). The bezel of a ring—that
is, the rim in which the gem is set and which holds it as a sling does its stone; more
especially so called when the setting is transparent (Plin.
H. N. xxxvii. 37, 42