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

Definition of bowstring

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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., "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 Step 13: Create your final bowstring using a new length of B-50 bowstring material. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 Roth’s skills as narrator are everywhere as taut as a bowstring with its arrow poised to fly. Cynthia Ozick, WSJ, "Appreciation: Philip Roth," 25 May 2018 In fact, to properly quarter the bowling lanes and its need for a large amount of open space, long-span bowstring trusses were added and then covered by a drop ceiling. Michael C. Dealoia,, "Tech could be focus of Zeppelin development near Playhouse Square: Tech Czar Talk (photos)," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of bowstring

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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“Bowstring.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of bowstring

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


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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