string

noun
\ ˈstriŋ \

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

string

verb
strung\ ˈstrəŋ \; stringing\ ˈstriŋ-​iŋ \

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

string

adjective

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

Noun

stringless \ ˈstriŋ-​ləs \ 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The couture might exist in a .001 percent bubble, but there’s a string attached to it that the ready-to-wear is reaching for. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Couture Is All About the Details—Glorious Details. Here, Our 45 Best Close-Ups from the 2018 Collections," 29 Dec. 2018 This is also why doctors typically recommend that people who just got IUDs check their strings monthly for at least the first three post-insertion months. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Truth About Getting Pregnant When You Have an IUD," 27 Dec. 2018 There's plenty of other strange goings-on and moments that tug at your heart-strings in Castle Rock, with one heck of a twist in the last two episodes (and a quintessentially King-like ending). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 If that doesn't pull at your heart strings, then nothing will—and the Internet agrees. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Video of an 8-Year-Old Girl Meeting Michelle Obama Is the Best Thing on Twitter," 20 Dec. 2018 Transfer strips along with seeds to a large muslin bag or piece of cheesecloth, and secure with string. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Models lined up along the runway as petals fell from above while a pianist and string band played in the background—making for a beautiful moment. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Made It Rain Rose Petals At Its Pre-Fall 2019 Show in Tokyo," 27 Nov. 2018 Rinse seeds under cold water, discarding pulp and strings. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds for the Perfect Fall Snack," 21 Nov. 2018 After all, does anyone really expect Michael to perform any favors without some serious strings being attached? De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "13 “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” Fan Theories That Might Predict What Is Ahead," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead, the group strung lights in Korryn’s basement and set up decorations for the teen. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Teen's Friends Bring Prom to Her After She's Injured In Bonfire Explosion," 16 May 2018 After Skaggs completed seven innings, the Astros strung together a promising rally off Justin Anderson, who attended St. Pius X High in San Antonio and made his debut. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros held scoreless in loss to Angels," 23 Apr. 2018 Every Christmas, nearly 10,000 lights are strung around the historical hotel, transforming it into a winter wonderland. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Winter In Cape May, New Jersey," 10 Dec. 2018 Peacocks wander about, bistro lights are strung over an outdoor patio, and a huge wrap-around porch makes guests feel right at home. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Sprawling House In Texas Now Houses A Gorgeous Restaurant," 20 Nov. 2018 While Goblin’s work in the original film was relentless and full of creepy, chanted whispers, the 2018 film’s score, by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, is delicate and beautiful, stringing together gentle piano lines and fragile vocals. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Suspiria is an ambitious remix of a horror classic," 26 Oct. 2018 Riggers strung a web of static ropes for hoisting the cocoon-like stretchers over vast fields of jagged rocks. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Anderson has strung together some good starts, as he’s given up three runs in each of his past three games, although two of those starts were on the road, where his ERA is a full run lower, at 4.08. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Preview: Marlins at Rockies, Saturday, 3:10 p.m.," 22 June 2018 Ariana Grande and Pete Davidon’s failed relationship was strung together by a series of inexplicable, enjoyable, and very online moments. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ has come full circle as an extremely online event," 6 Nov. 2018

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

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

History and Etymology for string

Noun

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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string

noun

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

string

verb

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

string

noun
\ ˈstriŋ \

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.

string

verb
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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