bowstring

noun
bow·​string | \ ˈbō-ˌstriŋ How to pronounce bowstring (audio) \

Definition of bowstring

: a waxed or sized cord joining the ends of a shooting bow

Examples of bowstring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sinew could make a powerful bowstring for dry weather hunting, but that string would soon come undone after being rained upon or dropped in water. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "How to Process and Use Animal Sinew," 12 Oct. 2020 Ötzi’s bowstring was made of three strands of animal sinew twisted into a cord, according to the new analysis. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "What We Can Learn From Ötzi the Iceman’s Hunting Pack," 3 Jan. 2020 In most world competitions, archers use compound bows, where the bowstring is engineered with a system of pulleys and levers to create a uniform process that reduces the strain. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "NorCal woman wins world archery title, helps kids," 16 Feb. 2020 Per a from the museum, prehistoric bowstrings are among the rarest archaeological finds. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "What We Can Learn From Ötzi the Iceman’s Hunting Pack," 3 Jan. 2020 Previously, research had been done on plant fibers that would not have proven successful as a bowstring. Fox News, "Otzi the Iceman's bowstring identified by scientists," 24 Dec. 2019 The new theater, which sits inside a 7,500-square-foot bowstring truss structure, represents the final piece of the puzzle of DuVernay’s Array campus, which opened early last year. Los Angeles Times, "Ava DuVernay’s Array is a place for women and filmmakers of color in L.A.," 1 Oct. 2019 Jada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. BostonGlobe.com, "ada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. The 16-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants wears her hair in a small bun atop her head, her emerging political consciousness finding its voice in the bevy of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo stickers she’s pasted to her MacBook.," 15 Sep. 2019 If this idea is borne out by future experiments, prescaling may be the nocking of time’s arrow onto the bowstring. Quanta Magazine, "The Universal Law That Aims Time’s Arrow," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bowstring

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bowstring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bowstring. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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bowstring

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bowstring

: the strong, tight string that is used on a bow for shooting arrows

bowstring

noun
bow·​string | \ ˈbō-ˌstriŋ How to pronounce bowstring (audio) \

Kids Definition of bowstring

: the cord connecting the two ends of a bow

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