string

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noun

1
a
: 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
2
a
archaic : a cord (such as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body
b
: a plant fiber (such as a leaf vein)
3
a
: 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
5
a
: 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
6
a
: 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
9
b
: the action of lagging for break in billiards
10
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
stringless adjective

string

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: to equip with strings
b
: to tune the strings of
2
: to make tense : key up
3
a
: 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
6
a
: 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
3

string

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adjective

: of or relating to stringed musical instruments
the string section
Phrases
on the string
: subject to one's influences

Examples of string in a Sentence

Noun She tied a string around the boxes. He tied the packages together with string. Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
An intimate dinner was held during Paris Fashion Week in celebration of the new collection, at the historical Bastille Design Center, co-hosted by the actress Kelly Rutherford and attended by a string of industry influential forces including Yoyo Cao, Meredith Duxbury and Young Emperors. Angela Lei, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The demands resurfaced this past year after a string of shootings by Indianapolis police, some injuring or killing people with a history of mental health issues. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Feb. 2024 The lawsuits come amid a string of attacks against diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs in corporate America, schools and higher education in recent months. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 26 Feb. 2024 Using a small bit of tacky glue, glue one end of string to inside of roll. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 Feb. 2024 Unlike his predecessor, Bob Melvin, maybe Shildt won’t have to deal with as many strings pulled by General Manager/puppeteer A.J. Preller, who has yet to find great success in his previous 8¾ seasons on the bridge (and yet somehow never lost Seidler’s loyalty). Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2024 In another photo, Rome and Johnson sat on the couch, while the pro dancer's baby played with a string of ornaments. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 That was just one of a string of problems for the maiden launch, which had already been postponed after ignition failures hit two of the rocket’s secondary booster engines. Junko Ogura, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 The discovery is the latest in a string of horrific cases involving funeral home operators in Colorado, which has some of the weakest oversight of the funeral industry in the nation. Amy Beth Hanson, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024
Verb
Is stringing beads with your mom at the kitchen table your first piece? Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 29 Feb. 2024 Police began stringing the two incidents together shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday when a Fort Lauderdale officer assigned to Broward Health Medical Center was told of a 16-year-old boy who had been shot being treated there, said Detective Ali Adamson, a department spokeswoman. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 Inside the courthouse, employees were stringing Christmas lights. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 If a cable could be strung across the Cabot Strait, Field reasoned, couldn’t a longer one be laid across the entire North Atlantic? Robert Klara, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 But the carport covers Capote has strung across the top of the metal frame have not been in compliance with city code. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 12 Feb. 2024 In my favorite seasons — season four, with Larry’s Broadway debut in The Producers, or season six, with the post-Katrina arrival of the Blacks — David and his collaborators managed to string elements across 10 episodes before cinching them tight by the finale. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 While students can pin photos onto corkboards, there are other creative ways to frame pictures, such as suspending them from an overhead chandelier or hanging them from a clothes lines strung across the wall, either of which can be bought or self-made. Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 The lights are strung in an alternating pink and red pattern and can be used inside or outside. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 30 Jan. 2024
Adjective
There are so many different types of bikinis on the market but some of the most popular top styles are triangle, tankini, bandeau, halter, string, and plunge. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2023 In later years, Lindley did less studio work and took to doing solo shows under his own name, sometimes focusing on his signature guitar playing but eventually drifting more toward less conventional instruments like the oud, a 12-string Persian cousin to the lute. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 Mar. 2023 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, 8 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of string was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near string

Cite this Entry

“String.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/string. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

string

1 of 3 noun
1
: a cord usually used to fasten or tie
2
: a thin tough plant structure (as the fiber connecting the halves of a bean pod)
3
a
: the gut, wire, or nylon cord of a musical instrument that is plucked, bowed, or struck to produce a sound
b
plural : the stringed instruments of an orchestra
4
: the gut, wire, or cord of a racket or shooting bow
5
a
: a group of objects threaded on a string
a string of pearls
b
: a series of things arranged in or as if in a line
a string of automobiles
c
: a series of like items (as units of information, marks, or words)
d
: the animals and especially horses belonging to or used by one individual
6
: any of several squads of players on a team that are grouped together according to skill
the second string of a football team
7
: a series in time : succession, sequence
8
plural : requirements or obligations connected with something
an agreement with no strings attached

string

2 of 3 verb
strung ˈstrəŋ How to pronounce string (audio) ; stringing ˈstriŋ-iŋ How to pronounce string (audio)
1
: to equip (as a tennis racket) with strings
2
a
: to thread on or as if on a string
string beads
b
: to tie, hang, or fasten with string
3
: to hang by the neck
strung up from a high tree
4
: to remove the strings of
string beans
5
a
: to extend or stretch like a string
string wires from tree to tree
b
: to set out in a line or series

string

3 of 3 adjective
: of or relating to stringed musical instruments
the string section of an orchestra

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