a. A sport in which a small open sled is ridden by one or two people lying face-up with the feet pointed downhill, usually over an ice-covered course in a timed competition.
b. The sled used in this sport.
a. The sport of street luge.
b. The board used in street luge.
[French dialectal, from Medieval Latin sludia, perhaps of Celtic origin.]
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