Slingshot vs. Shanghai

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Main Difference

The main difference between Slingshot and Shanghai is that the Slingshot is a projectile weapon and Shanghai is a municipality of China.

  • Slingshot

    A gallybander slingshot or catapult (UK), ging (primarily Australian and New Zealand), shanghai (Australian), kettie (South Africa), is normally a small hand-powered projectile weapon. The classic form consists of a Y-shaped frame held in the off hand (nondominant hand), with two natural-rubber strips attached to the uprights. The other ends of the strips lead back to a pocket that holds the projectile. The dominant hand grasps the pocket and draws it back to the desired extent to provide power for the projectile—up to a full span of the arm with sufficiently long bands.

  • Shanghai

    Shanghai (Chinese: 上海, Mandarin pronunciation: [ʂâŋ.xài] (listen); Shanghainese pronunciation: [zɑ̃.hɛ] (listen)) is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People’s Republic of China, the largest city in China by population, and the largest city proper in the world, with a population of 26.3 million as of 2019. It is a global financial center and transport hub, with the world’s busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Eastern China coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the south, east and west, and is bound to the east by the East China Sea.As a major administrative, shipping and trading city, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to trade and recognition of its favorable port location and economic potential. The city was one of five treaty ports forced open to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War. The subsequent 1842 Treaty of Nanking and 1844 Treaty of Whampoa allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement and the French Concession. The city then flourished as a centre of commerce between China and other parts of the world (predominantly the Occident), and became the primary financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region in the 1930s. During World War II, the city was the site of the major Battle of Shanghai. After the war, with the CCP takeover of mainland China in 1949, trade was limited to other socialist countries, and the city’s global influence declined. In the 1990s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city. It has since re-emerged as a hub for international trade and finance; it is the home of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, one of the world’s largest by market capitalization.Shanghai has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China; renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, and museums and historic buildings, such as those along The Bund, as well as the City God Temple and the Yu Garden.

  • Slingshot (noun)

    A Y-shaped stick with an elastic sling between the arms used for shooting small projectiles.

  • Slingshot (verb)

    To move or cause to move in a manner resembling a projectile shot from a slingshot.

  • Slingshot (verb)

    (especially) To use the gravity of a moving planet to add momentum to a spacecraft.

  • Shanghai (verb)

    To force or trick (someone) into joining a ship which is lacking a full crew.

  • Shanghai (verb)

    To abduct or coerce.

  • Shanghai (verb)

    To trick (a person) into entering a jurisdiction where they can lawfully be arrested.

  • Shanghai (verb)

    To commandeer; appropriate; hijack

    “Let’s see if we can shanghai a room for a couple of hours.”

  • Shanghai (noun)

    A tall dandy.

  • Shanghai (noun)

    A slingshot.

  • Shanghai (verb)

    force (someone) to join a ship lacking a full crew by drugging them or using other underhand means

    “they specialized in drugging and robbing sailors, sometimes arranging for them to be shanghaied aboard tramp boats”

  • Shanghai (verb)

    coerce or trick (someone) into a place or position or into doing something

    “Brady shanghaied her into his Jaguar and roared off”

  • Shanghai (verb)

    shoot with a catapult

    “in spite of his shanghaiing all the cats, the rodents were still on top”

  • Shanghai (verb)

    catapult in a particular direction

    “the springy, resilient saplings would shanghai him backwards”

  • Shanghai (noun)

    a city on the east coast of China, a port on the estuary of the River Yangtze; population 11,283,700 (est. 2006). Opened for trade with the west in 1842, Shanghai contained until the Second World War areas of British, French, and American settlement. It was the site in 1921 of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

Oxford Dictionary

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