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

Other Words from string


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

Synonyms for string

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Monday night’s show was scheduled to end the string of shows at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto. Thania Garcia, Variety, 1 Aug. 2022 Days after a string of fights at Knott’s Berry Farm, the theme park is requiring that all visitors 17 and younger be accompanied by an adult chaperone on Fridays and Saturdays. Felicia Alvarez, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 Additionally, there’s been a string of layoffs at Netflix, Peloton, and Tesla. Alena Botros, Fortune, 19 July 2022 Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of deadly robberies at 7-Eleven stores in Southern California, officials said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 15 July 2022 The leadership change is the latest in a string of departures at the County Counsel’s Office in the past two-plus years. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2022 The toddler's death is the latest in a recent string of similar tragedies. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 29 June 2022 Vermillion’s story, then, becomes the latest in a recent string of cautionary tales. New York Times, 29 June 2022 There have has also been a string of union victories at Starbucks stores nationwide since late last year. Chris Isidore, CNN, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Long before the Tigers' winning streak, the team talked about needing to string together a bunch of wins in a row. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2022 Playing with heightened defensive pressure after failing to string together consecutive stops most of the game, Phoenix had Atlanta scrambling, but Young hit his sixth and final 3 to give Atlanta a 122-113 advantage with 37.7 seconds left. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 5 Feb. 2022 But Loyola’s offense struggled to string together baskets to build some rhythm, and the outside-shooting struggles after halftime were magnified as Auburn began to increase its late margin. Aaron Beard,, 25 Nov. 2021 With the right system of action to string together this data, companies can orchestrate different components and deliver empathy in their engagements with a full picture of every customer interaction. John Hernandez, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 In order to string those moments together, Ms. Bickerdike, a pop-music scholar who has written books on Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, digs deeper than any prior biographer. Marc Weingarten, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 This would be a good time for Cate, 24, to string some good starts together in the high minors. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 13 July 2022 In the clip, Aldean and his band sit in front of a campfire under string lights to sing the track, a single off his double album Macon, Georgia that topped the Country Airplay charts in May. Rachel Desantis,, 1 July 2022 At this intimate Little Havana spot, sit in the charming patio’s small wooden tables set aglow by string lights and savor some of the best authentic Thai cuisine in the city. Forbes Travel Guide, Forbes, 2 June 2022 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, 8 Dec. 2017 See More

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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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\ 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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