string


1string

noun \ˈstriŋ\

: 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
a :  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
a archaic :  a cord (as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body
b :  a plant fiber (as a leaf vein)
3
a :  the gut, wire, or nylon cord of a musical instrument
b plural
(1) :  the stringed instruments of an orchestra (2) :  the players of such instruments
4
:  the gut, wire, or cord of a racket or shooting bow
5
a :  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
a :  a means of recourse :  expedient
b :  a group of players ranked according to skill or proficiency
7
:  succession 3a <a string of successes>
8
:  one of the inclined sides of a stair supporting the treads and risers
9
a :  balkline 1
b :  the action of lagging for break in billiards
10
:  line 13
11
plural
a :  contingent conditions or obligations
b :  control, domination
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 \ˈstriŋ-ləs\ adjective
on the string
:  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

Related to STRING

2string

verb

: 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

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

Full Definition of STRING

transitive verb
1
a :  to equip with strings
b :  to tune the strings of
2
:  to make tense :  key up
3
a :  to thread on or as if on a string
b :  to thread with objects
c :  to tie, hang, or fasten with string
d :  to put together (as words or ideas) like objects threaded on a string <strung her thoughts together>
4
:  to hang by the neck —used with up
5
:  to remove the strings of <string beans>
6
a :  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
intransitive verb
1
:  to move, progress, or lie in a string
2
:  to form into strings
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.

First Known Use of STRING

15th century

3string

adjective

Definition of STRING

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

First Known Use of STRING

15th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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