string

noun
\ 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

string

verb
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

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 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

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

From candles to cups to a simple string of starry lights in the dining room, a little bit of gold goes a long way. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "16 Stylish Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas," 6 Aug. 2018 And now, Hadid has decided to add another string to her bow. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Is Now a McDonald's Influencer and Fans Are Shook," 15 Apr. 2019 According to court documents, a string of wealthy parents allegedly bribed coaches, and rigged SAT scores to secure spots in elite schools like mine for their children. Teen Vogue, "For Black Students Like Me at USC, the College Admissions Scandal Makes Visible What We All Knew," 21 Mar. 2019 Take the case of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which the FAA grounded in 2013—in its first year of service—following a string of incidents in which the plane’s lithium batteries caught fire. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Often Do New Airplanes Have Problems?," 2 Nov. 2018 Winning would be affirmation for a country that has produced a string of world-class players. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 Tex, who ran a string of massage parlors in the 1970s and ’80s that became fronts for prostitution dens. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws From Transgender Role After Backlash," 13 July 2018 Austin police believe a 29-year-old man is behind a Monday homicide and a string of shootings that occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Suspect in Austin shooting spree had ties to Texas politics," 13 July 2018 The local accusations of racial profiling follow a string of high-profile cases. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Colombian ultimate Frisbee players headed to Cincinnati were kicked off Greyhound for speaking Spanish. Greyhound says otherwise.," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This typically involves the use of stringing concertina wire, digging trenches, sowing minefields, and constructing anti-tank barriers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic M1 Abrams Battle Tank Can Smash Through Enemy Defenses," 8 May 2019 For McKay, both attempts made sense given the caliber of pitcher on the mound and the difficulty of stringing hits together. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Baserunning missteps cost Diamondbacks in latest loss," 22 May 2018 Outside, hay bales had been covered in linens and fairy lights strung to surround a sleek silver Airstream that had been converted into a chic cocktail bar. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore Emilia Wickstead to Her English Wedding at an 18th-Century Estate," 6 Mar. 2019 President Trump, determined to stop immigration along the southern U.S. border, deployed in November some 5,000 troops, who strung concertina wire on parts of the tall steel fence that separates long stretches of the two countries. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Caravan’s Stymied Passage Leaves Migrant Issue Boiling," 28 Dec. 2018 Divers are also attempting to string a fiber-optic cable through the caves to give them phone contact with the outside world and their families. Shibani Mahtani, BostonGlobe.com, "A congenital hand difference isn’t enough to hold this young athlete back," 4 July 2018 The South American side looked to ease their way into the game, and began to string some impressive passing moves together, with Johan Mojica and Juan Cuadrado linking up well in midfield. SI.com, "Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Lethal Los Cafeteros Edge Into Last 16 as Cissé's Side Crash Out on Fair Play," 28 June 2018 The fence would consist of six wires strung to a height of six feet. Rachel St. John, Smithsonian, "The Raging Controversy at the Border Began With This Incident 100 Years Ago," 26 June 2018 Along Main Street, the red banners are strung up between the arches of the shopping arcade. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Forget Poppies, Ojai’s Pixie Season Is the California Nature Event to Know," 10 Apr. 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

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 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.

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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