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 This morning, Case has been shooting practice arrows, pulling the bowstring back little by little, limbering up for the big shot that will occur in the cooler evening. Patrick Cooke, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 The adaptation that makes archery possible for Rispoli is essentially a piece of nylon material with a bite piece that wraps around a bowstring. Paul Eisenberg,, 28 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 16 Feb. 2020 Per a from the museum, prehistoric bowstrings are among the rarest archaeological finds. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 Previously, research had been done on plant fibers that would not have proven successful as a bowstring. Fox News, 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, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bowstring

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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