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is a land vehicle with a smooth underside or possessing a separate body supported by two or more smooth, relatively narrow, longitudinal
that travels by sliding across a surface. Most sleds are used on surfaces with low
, such as snow or
. In some cases, sleds may be used on mud, grass, or even smooth stones. They may be used to transport passengers, cargo, or both. Shades of meaning differentiating the three terms often reflect regional variations depending on historical uses and prevailing climate.
the three terms are generally quite similar in meaning, although
usually refers to a smaller sled, used mostly for freight, one that can generally transport no more than one or two persons with only a limited amount of cargo. Sledges may be pulled by dogs or other smaller animals, although confusingly a sledge pulled by a dog in British English is often referred to as a dog-sled. A small recreational sled, pulled by humans, can also be referred to as a sledge.
(pronounced "slay") remains largely a synonym for
regardless of its capacity (and similarly in
remains the general term but often implies a smaller device, often for recreational use.
implies a heavier sled used for moving freight or massive objects (
"stone boat"), while
typically refers to a moderate- to large-sized, usually open-topped vehicle equipped with one or more passenger seats, essentially a cold-season alternative to a
, typically drawn by horses or (at least in the
legend or in reference to Scandinavia) by
, where there is limited snow,
are given equal preference in local parlance.
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