Sledge vs Carriage - What's the difference?

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Sledge is a hyponym of carriage.

In context|british|lang=en terms the difference between sledge and carriage

is that sledge is (british) any type of sled or sleigh while carriage is (british) a stroller; a baby carriage.

As nouns the difference between sledge and carriage

is that sledge is a heavy, long handled maul or hammer used to drive stakes, wedges, etc or sledge can be a low sled drawn by animals, typically on snow, ice or grass while carriage is the act of conveying; carrying.

As a verb sledge

is to hit with a sledgehammer or sledge can be to drag or draw a sledge or sledge can be (chiefly|cricket|australian) to verbally insult or abuse an opponent in order to distract them (considered unsportsmanlike).

As a adjective carriage is

related to a wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.



(wikipedia sledge)

Etymology 1

(etyl) slecg.


(en noun)
  • A heavy, long handled maul or hammer used to drive stakes, wedges, etc.
  • * 1737 , J. Ray, A Collection of English Words Not Generally Used, With their Significations and Original in two ''Alphabetical Catalogues''; the one, of such as are proper to the ''Northern'', the other, to the ''Southern'' Counties. With an Account of the preparing and refining such ''Metals'' and ''Minerals'' as are found in ''England .
  • [based on information from Major Hill, Master of the Silver Mills, in 1662, descibing silver mining in Cardiganshire] They dig the Oar thus; One holds a little Picque, or Punch of Iron, having a long Handle of Wood which they call a Gad ; Another with a great Iron Hammer, or Sledge , drives it into the Vein.
  • * 2006 , Tom Benford, Garage And Workshop Gear Guide
  • Sledge hammers are only used for heavy-duty persuading when working on vehicles or machinery.
    * (long handled maul or hammer) sledgehammer


  • to hit with a sledgehammer.
  • * 1842 , John O'Donovan, The Banquet of Dun Na N-Gedh and The Battle of Magh Rath: An Ancient and Historical Tale
  • The rapid and violent exertion of smiths, mightily sledging the glowing iron masses of their furnaces.
  • * 2005 , Langdon W Moore, Langdon W. Moore: His Own Story of His Eventful Life
  • When I inquired the reason of this wire being used in the construction of the safe, I was told it was to prevent the doors being broken by either sledging or wedging.

    Etymology 2

    Dialectal (etyl) sleedse


    (en noun)
  • A low sled drawn by animals, typically on snow, ice or grass.
  • The sledge ran far better upon the ice, I cannot say the same for the dogs.
  • (British) any type of sled or sleigh.
  • * 1708 , F. C. [possibly F. Conyers], Compleat Collier: Or, The Whole Art of Sinking, Getting, and Working, Coal-mines about Sunderland and New-Castle
  • Aged wore out Coal-Horses, which after some time Wrought you will have, may serve turn for Sledge -Horses.
  • * 1716 , Myles Davies, Athenae Britannicae: Or, A Critical History of the Oxford and Cambridge Writers And Writings...Part I [the full title stretches for 70 words]'' reporting a passage in "Nicholas Sanders's Seditious Pamphlet" ''De Schismate Anglicano, &c (1585)
  • Ty'd upon the Sledge , a Papist and a Protestant in front, being two very disparate and antipathetick Companions, was a very ridiculous Science of Cruelty, even worst than Death it self (says he).
  • * 2006 , Richard Higgins, Peter Brukner, Bryan English (editors), Essential Sports Medicine
  • There are also Winter Paralympic Games with Alpine and Nordic events, as well as sledge' hockey - a form of ice hockey using a seated ' sledge .
  • * 2006 , Pete Draper, Deconstructing the Elements With 3ds Max: Create Natural Fire, Earth, Air and Water Without Plug-Ins
  • For anyone who can recall their schooldays, when you used to get snow every winter, flying down hills on a polythene bag the thickness of an atom, and a lovely old sledge your Grandpa made for you (the only Christmas it DIDN'T snow),...
  • A card game resembling all fours and seven-up; old sledge.
  • See also

    * sled * sleigh * toboggan


  • To drag or draw a sledge.
  • * 1860 , Sherard Osborn, The career, last voyage and fate of ... Sir John Franklin
  • It should be remembered, that these explorations were nearly all made by our seamen and officers on foot, dragging sledges, on which were piled tents, provision, fuel for cooking, and raiment. This sledging was brought to perfection by Captain M'Clintock.
  • * 2004 , Andy Selters, Ways to the Sky: A Historical Guide to North American Mountaineering
  • Sledging en route to Mt. Logan on the 1925 first ascent. [caption to photo of four men dragging a sledge]
  • To ride, travel with or transport in a sledge.
  • * 1811 , Maria Edgeworth, Popular Tales
  • He was also to initiate me in the American pastime of sleighing, or sledging .
  • * 1860 , John Timbs, School-days of Eminent Men: I. Sketches of the Progress of Education in England, from the Reign of King Alfred
  • When "the great fen or moor" which washed the city walls on the north was frozen over, sliding, sledging , and skating were the sports of crowds.
  • * 2006 , Godfrey (EDT) Baldacchino, Extreme Tourism: Lessons from the World's Cold Water Islands
  • Some of these may be closely associated with the day-to-day lifestyle of such communities — marine activities (fishing, wildlife viewing), mountain activities (abseiling, climbing, hunting) or winter sports (dog sledging ).

    Etymology 3

    From , influenced by sledgehammer. Australian from 1960s.
    According to , ISBN 086840-680-5, page 141.


  • (chiefly, cricket, Australian) To verbally insult or abuse an opponent in order to distract them (considered unsportsmanlike).
  • * 1998 , Larry Elliott, Daniel E Atkinson, The Age of Insecurity
  • Batteries of fast bowlers softened batsmen up with short-pitched bowling, while fielders tried to disturb their concentration with a running commentary of insults commonly known as sledging .
  • * 2004 , Dhanjoo N. Ghista, Socio-Economic Democracy and the World Government: Collective Capitalism, Depovertization, Human Rights, Template for Sustainable Peace
  • Then, all these...government legislators...would be able to totally concentrate on their roles and functions, without being entangled in interparty sledging and squabbles.
  • * 2005 , David Fraser, Cricket and the Law: The Man in White Is Always Right
  • The 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket includes new anti-sledging provisions.
  • * 2013 November 6, Marina Hyde, " Whatever Shane Warne says, the Ashes sledgers need to raise their game", The Guardian
  • "Bloody hell even their sledging' is now shite!!!" he ' sledged .







    (en noun)
  • The act of conveying; carrying.
  • Means of conveyance.
  • A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
  • The carriage ride was very romantic.
  • (British) A rail car, esp. designed for the conveyance of passengers.
  • A manner of walking and moving in general; how one carries oneself, bearing, gait.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.i:
  • His carriage was full comely and vpright, / His countenaunce demure and temperate [...].
  • * 2010 , (Christopher Hitchens), Hitch-22 , Atlantic 2011, p. 90:
  • He chose to speak largely about Vietnam [...], and his wonderfully sonorous voice was as enthralling to me as his very striking carriage and appearance.
  • (archaic) One's behaviour, or way of conducting oneself towards others.
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 407:
  • He now assumed a carriage to me so very different from what he had lately worn, and so nearly resembling his behaviour the first week of our marriage, that [...] he might, possibly, have rekindled my fondness for him.
  • * 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , I:
  • Some people whisper but no doubt they lie, / For malice still imputes some private end, / That Inez had, ere Don Alfonso's marriage, / Forgot with him her very prudent carriage [...].
  • The part of a typewriter supporting the paper.
  • (US, New England) A shopping cart.
  • (British) A stroller; a baby carriage.
  • The charge made for conveying (especially in the phrases carriage forward'', when the charge is to be paid by the receiver, and ''carriage paid ).
  • Hyponyms

    * araba * barouche * Berlin * brougham * booby * brake * cab * calash * caravan * carriole * carryall * cart * Catherine * chaise * clarence * coach * coachee * Coburg * coup * croydon * curricle * dennet * devil-carriage * dobbin * dormeuse * double * droshky * family * fiacre * fly * four-wheeler * gharry * gig * Gladstone * hackery * hackney * hansom * hearse * horse-box * horse-fly * hutch * jaun * Jersey * landau * noddy * phaeton * Pilentum * post-chariot * Rockaway * rumbelow * shigram * sledge * sociable * solo * sulky * surrey * tarantass * unicorn * vettura * Victoria * vinaigrette (person-drawn or pushed; not horse-drawn) * * voiturin * volante * wagonette * walnut-shell * whirlicote * whisky


  • Related to a wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
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  • *:Athelstan Arundel walked home […], foaming and raging.He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage -horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
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  • *:a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. ¶ "Phil!  You!   Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
  • See also

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