\ ˈstriŋ How to pronounce string (audio) \

Definition of string

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
2a archaic : a cord (such as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body
b : a plant fiber (such as a leaf vein)
3a : the gut, wire, or nylon cord of a musical instrument

b strings 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
5a : 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 (such 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
6a : a means of recourse : expedient
b : a group of players ranked according to skill or proficiency
7 : succession sense 3a a string of successes
8 : one of the inclined sides of a stair supporting the treads and risers
b : the action of lagging for break in billiards

11 strings plural

a : contingent conditions or obligations
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
on the string
: subject to one's influences


strung\ ˈstrəŋ How to pronounce strung (audio) \; stringing\ ˈstriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce stringing (audio) \

Definition of string (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to equip with strings
b : to tune the strings of
2 : to make tense : key up
3a : 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 (words, ideas, etc.) 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
6a : 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



Definition of string (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to stringed musical instruments the string section

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Other Words from string


stringless \ ˈstriŋ-​ləs How to pronounce stringless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for string

Synonyms: Noun

cable, cord, lace, lacing, line, rope, wire

Synonyms: Verb

concatenate, thread

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Examples of string in a Sentence


She tied a string around the boxes. He tied the packages together with string.


We strung popcorn garlands for the Christmas tree. They strung wires from tree to tree. Scouts strung lanterns along the trail. She strung the key around her neck.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ecommerce giant maintains a list of restricted product categories that ranges from weapons such as firearms, to booze and tobacco products, to pets, to kite strings for the niche sport of kite fighting. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Why You Still Can’t Buy Fireworks on Amazon," 1 July 2019 Above the guests, lights twinkled in strings from tree to tree. Adam Carlson,, "All the Photos and Details (and Olympic Guests!) from Skater Meryl Davis’ ‘Magical’ French Wedding," 29 June 2019 That was, in part, due the two caucuses pushing fiercely for tighter strings on any border money. Author: Mike Debonis, Rachael Bade, Anchorage Daily News, "‘A betrayal’: Inside Pelosi, Schumer’s rift on border bill," 29 June 2019 There also will be performances from DJ Spooky and DeVotchKa, and the ultra-unique Tree-O, a string trio that performs while suspended high off the ground in the trees. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "The six best Colorado art festivals you’re not going to," 28 June 2019 With Young on the mound, the Giants never threatened to string a rally together and only scored when first baseman Brandon Belt hit his 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants shut down by rookie making unlikely MLB debut, fall 12 games under .500," 27 June 2019 Please keep an eye out for a gator in distress or one trailing a rope or string. Richard Tribou,, "Bird seen feeding cigarette to chick on Florida beach," 26 June 2019 Down in Helge’s shed, Jonas has a conspiracy wall full of photos and connecting strings. Abbey Maxbauer,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix's Dark Season 2 Recap," 25 June 2019 Due to an early-season string of DNFs, Herta trails Macus Ericsson by eight points, Felix Rosenqvist by 23 points and rookie points leader Santino Ferrucci by 35 points. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colton Herta becomes youngest pole-winner in IndyCar history at Road America," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While influential, Haydn was far from the first to trot out two violins, a viola, and a low-stringed instrument. Globe Staff,, "Aston Magna festival explores the roots of the string quartet," 1 July 2019 Harris has taught his children and grandchildren to sew; even his 4-year-old grandson can string beads on thread. Laura Testino,, "Created new each year, Mardi Gras Indian suits find more permanent homes," 28 June 2019 The notoriously volatile asset has strung together streaks of consecutive daily increases as long, or longer, only five previous times. Jason Karaian, Quartz, "Bitcoin is on one of its longest winning streaks in history," 26 June 2019 The ukulele, the small, four-stringed instrument traditionally associated with Hawaii, will be the star of two musical festivals in Honolulu this summer. Jay Jones,, "Ukulele heaven: Honolulu festivals to honor islands' most popular instrument," 25 June 2019 According to Apple Daily, the man strung up a banner denouncing the legislation and calling for the ouster of Hong Kong’s top official Carrie Lam. Time Staff, Time, "A Hong Kong Extradition Protester Who Fell to His Death Is Being Hailed as a 'Martyr'," 16 June 2019 But when all those shots are strung together, the result is so stupefying as to be almost unwatchable. N.b., The Economist, "“Too Old To Die Young” and the problem of the unsupervised auteur," 20 June 2019 All this is strung together through musical interludes that are by turns amusing, melancholy, and evocative. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Indecent is a masterful, exquisitely rendered piece of storytelling: EW review," 12 June 2019 Pasquale and Giuseppe were lynched first, strung up in a slaughter yard on a winch used to skin cattle. Frank Viviano, The New York Review of Books, "Atrocities America Forgot," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In their attempt to mimic the Beatles, the band employed new instrumentation and sounds, including the Mellotron, theremin, African rhythms, guitar loops, radio static and string arrangements from future Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. William Goodman, Billboard, "How The Rolling Stones Found Themselves on 'Satanic Majesties Request' by Getting Lost," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of string


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for string


Middle English, from Old English streng; akin to Old High German strang rope, Latin stringere to bind tight — more at strain

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English Language Learners Definition of string

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of string (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈstriŋ How to pronounce string (audio) \

Kids Definition of string

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a thin cord used to bind, fasten, or tie
2 : something that resembles a string potato strings
3 : the gut, wire, or plastic cord of a musical instrument that vibrates to produce a tone when touched a guitar string
4 strings plural : the stringed instruments of an orchestra
5 : a group, series, or line of things threaded on a string or arranged as if strung together a string of lights a string of automobiles
6 : a series of events which follow each other in time a string of robberies
7 strings plural : requirements that are connected with something The agreement has no strings attached.


strung\ ˈstrəŋ \; stringing

Kids Definition of string (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to provide with strings string a violin
2 : thread entry 2 sense 4 string beads
3 : to tie, hang, or fasten with string She strung a key around her neck.
4 : to set or stretch out in a line Telephone lines were strung for miles.
5 : to remove the tough fibers of string peas

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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