draw·​string | \ˈdrȯ-ˌstriŋ \

Definition of drawstring 

: a string, cord, or tape inserted into hems or casings or laced through eyelets for use in closing a bag or controlling fullness in garments or curtains

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But for $160, Everlane’s extra-puffy option will do the trick thanks to its microfiber thermal insulation and boxy fit with a hidden drawstring waist that's designed to keep in heat. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Everlane's ReNew Puffer With a 38,000 Person Waitlist Is Back in Stock," 29 Oct. 2018 Unlike other popular controllers, Knuckles firmly braces to the back of your hand via a drawstring. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Valve revamps its next controller, should make using hands in VR feel way cooler [Updated]," 22 June 2018 The singers both wore drawstring-waist pants in a bright hue of orange but styled them in slightly different ways. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Alessia Cara Match in Orange at the Amazon Music Unboxing Prime Event," 12 July 2018 Or, for an even groovier option, a tie-dye bucket hat complete with an under-the-chin drawstring will take any two-piece to the next level. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Why Bucket Hats and Bikinis Are Summer’s Best Combination," 6 July 2018 Pancheri suggests consolidating all your supplies from your bulky diaper bag into a few handy drawstring bags, or even throwing a few of the necessities into your stroller. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There's no shortage of kid-friendly fun and food at Summerfest this year. Here's our guide.," 18 June 2018 The ladder-lock drawstring keeps the waistband snug, and the eight-inch inseam hits above the knee for unrestrained movement. Outside Online, "The Best Boardshorts of 2018," 15 May 2018 For it, Gaetani adapted her classic Nirmala drawstring and new Lemuria backpack silhouettes, and expanded her palette (there are 10 different color combinations) and materials. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Meet Iacobella Gaetani, the Designer Who Made Bags for Missoni’s Fall Show," 30 Mar. 2018 There’s a perfect black string bikini and a series of sports bra–style tops, including one sugar pink ribbed number with a neat drawstring bottom. Monica Kim, Vogue, "This New Line of Cool Minimalist Swimsuits Was Made for Millennials," 1 Mar. 2018

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of drawstring

: a string that can be pulled to close or tighten something (such as a bag or a piece of clothing)


draw·​string | \ˈdrȯ-ˌstriŋ \

Kids Definition of drawstring

: a string at the top of a bag or on clothing that can be pulled to close or tighten

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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