\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From a string tied around his neck, long, dark-green peels dangled, sweating in the sun, as evidence of the efficiency of his product. Jonas Eika, The New Yorker, "Alvin," 12 Apr. 2021 Some of these cities are still clearing out damage from the string of tornadoes that hit the same region last week. NBC News, "Storm-battered South prepares for possible second tornado outbreak in a week," 24 Mar. 2021 No safeguard could shield her from a string of injuries that might have led some players to quit. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "The Dallas area’s most dominant strikeout pitcher is back from a second torn ACL — and it’s like she hasn’t missed a beat," 18 Mar. 2021 The same words can have vastly different meaning in different contexts, so an algorithm must infer meaning from a string of words. Will Knight, Wired, "Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech," 1 Mar. 2021 The scandal rocked a nation already reeling from a string of corruption investigations that have eviscerated trust in democratic institutions and ensnared all six of the country’s most recent former presidents. New York Times, "‘V.I.P. Immunization’ for the Powerful and Their Cronies Rattles South America," 25 Feb. 2021 As Oakland Chinatown reels from a recent string of assaults and robberies — some of them captured in stark, instantly viral video footage — merchants are testing a controversial solution: armed security guards. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland Chinatown turns to private, armed security," 16 Feb. 2021 Another failure will do more damage to a company reeling from a string of failures, including the two fatal crashes of its 737 Max airplane that killed 346 people. Washington Post, "2021 could be a huge year for space. Here’s what’s to come from NASA, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.," 30 Dec. 2020 On this occasion the Swan that plays a central role in the Lohengrin legend — whose transcendental arrival constitutes the main drama of the first act — was represented by a kind of oversized rubber duck, hovering above the stage from a string. Barnaby Crowcroft, National Review, "Eternal Lessons from Wagner’s Last Opera," 26 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Luzardo was trying to string a third consecutive strong outing. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "Command eludes Jesús Luzardo in A's loss," 1 May 2021 Or, use one long strand of twine or ribbon to string the ornaments into a festive garland. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments," 22 Apr. 2021 Those vying to hoist the Astor Cup Sept. 26 at Long Beach will have 17 chances to string together wins, podiums and top-5s aplenty, and most champions in years’ past have suffered a dud of a weekend somewhere along the way. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Alexander Rossi says IndyCar title contenders don't have to win Sunday, 'but it comes down to momentum'," 17 Apr. 2021 For months, Arizona State women's basketball has been unable to string together consecutive wins. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "ASU women's basketball finishes season at .500 after 50-48 WNIT loss to Houston," 23 Mar. 2021 Neither team was able to string together consecutive baskets in the next period and Lanett took advantage in closing the gap to five points. Evan Dudley, al, "Class 2A Girls: Hatton holds off Lanett 45-38 to advance to fourth title game," 3 Mar. 2021 Back in 2020, Rain on Your Parade was a selection of cute ideas without a thread to string them together, but lead developer Jakub Kasztalski and his team have put in some hard graft to pull these disparate, but no less inspired, ideas together. Matt Gardner, Forbes, "‘Rain On Your Parade’ Review: Surreal, Stupid Fun Comes To Game Pass," 12 Apr. 2021 Walker, now a San Antonio resident after recently moving from Boerne, continued a familiar trend of failing to string four good rounds together, finishing tied for 59th after a 75 on Sunday. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, "Jordan Spieth notches 'monumental' victory at Valero Texas Open," 4 Apr. 2021 The Warriors were unable to string together consecutive baskets for the second straight quarter, going 3-of-12 from the field but 3-for-5 on 3-pointers. Evan Dudley, al, "Class 3A Boys: No. 3 Fyffe runs past No. 1 Cottage Hill in 63-47 win," 2 Mar. 2021 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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The first known use of string was before the 12th century

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4 May 2021

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“String.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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