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noun \ˈstriŋ\

Simple Definition of string

  • : a long, thin piece of twisted thread that you use to attach things, tie things together, or hang things

  • : a group of objects that are connected with a string, wire, chain, etc.

  • : a series of similar things

Full Definition of string

  1. 1a :  a cord usually used to bind, fasten, or tie —often used attributively <a string bag>b :  something that resembles a string <garnished with potato strings>

  2. 2a archaic :  a cord (as a tendon or ligament) of an animal bodyb :  a plant fiber (as a leaf vein)

  3. 3a :  the gut, wire, or nylon cord of a musical instrumentb plural (1) :  the stringed instruments of an orchestra (2) :  the players of such instruments

  4. 4 :  the gut, wire, or cord of a racket or shooting bow

  5. 5a :  a group of objects threaded on a string <a string of fish> <a string of pearls>b (1) :  a series of things arranged in or as if in a line <a string of cars> <a string of names> (2) :  a sequence of like items (as bits, characters, or words)c :  a group of business properties scattered geographically <a string of newspapers>d :  the animals and especially horses belonging to or used by one individual

  6. 6a :  a means of recourse :  expedientb :  a group of players ranked according to skill or proficiency

  7. 7 :  succession 3a <a string of successes>

  8. 8 :  one of the inclined sides of a stair supporting the treads and risers

  9. 9a :  balkline 1b :  the action of lagging for break in billiards

  10. 10 :  line 13

  11. 11 plural a :  contingent conditions or obligationsb :  control, domination

  12. 12 :  a hypothetical one-dimensional object that is infinitely thin but has a length of 10−33 centimeters, that vibrates as it moves through space, and whose mode of vibration manifests itself as a subatomic particle

string·less play \ˈstriŋ-ləs\ adjective
on the string
  1. :  subject to one's influences

Examples of string

  1. She tied a string around the boxes.

  2. He tied the packages together with string.

Origin of string

Middle English, from Old English streng; akin to Old High German strang rope, Latin stringere to bind tight — more at strain

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of string

  • : to put (things) together on a string, thread, chain, etc.

  • : to place or hang (things) in a line or series

  • : to tie, hang, or fasten (something) with string

Full Definition of string

strung play \ˈstrəŋ\ string·ing play \ˈstriŋ-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to equip with stringsb :  to tune the strings of

  3. 2 :  to make tense :  key up

  4. 3a :  to thread on or as if on a stringb :  to thread with objectsc :  to tie, hang, or fasten with stringd :  to put together (as words or ideas) like objects threaded on a string <strung her thoughts together>

  5. 4 :  to hang by the neck —used with up

  6. 5 :  to remove the strings of <string beans>

  7. 6a :  to extend or stretch like a string <string wires from tree to tree>b :  to set out in a line or series —often used with out

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to move, progress, or lie in a string

  10. 2 :  to form into strings

  11. 3 :  lag 3

Examples of string

  1. We strung popcorn garlands for the Christmas tree.

  2. They strung wires from tree to tree.

  3. Scouts strung lanterns along the trail.

  4. She strung the key around her neck.

15th Century

First Known Use of string

15th century




Definition of string

  1. :  of or relating to stringed musical instruments <the string section>

15th Century

First Known Use of string

15th century

STRING Defined for Kids



noun \ˈstriŋ\

Definition of string

  1. 1 :  a thin cord used to bind, fasten, or tie

  2. 2 :  something that resembles a string <potato strings>

  3. 3 :  the gut, wire, or plastic cord of a musical instrument that vibrates to produce a tone when touched <a guitar string>

  4. 4 strings plural :  the stringed instruments of an orchestra

  5. 5 :  a group, series, or line of things threaded on a string or arranged as if strung together <a string of lights> <a string of automobiles>

  6. 6 :  a series of events which follow each other in time <a string of robberies>

  7. 7 strings plural :  requirements that are connected with something <The agreement has no strings attached.>




Definition of string

strung \ˈstrəŋ\string·ing

  1. 1 :  to provide with strings <string a violin>

  2. 2 :  2thread 4 <string beads>

  3. 3 :  to tie, hang, or fasten with string <She strung a key around her neck.>

  4. 4 :  to set or stretch out in a line <Telephone lines were strung for miles.>

  5. 5 :  to remove the tough fibers of <string peas>

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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