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

Just like string floss, a water flosser cleans between your teeth. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019 Nayeb smuggled explosive materials used in his suicide vest onto the U.S. base, the lawsuit said, and completed it during his work shifts using string and an electrical switch from the Fluor work site as well as nuts and bolts used for shrapnel. Russ Bynum, The Seattle Times, "US soldier wounded in suicide attack sues bomber’s employer," 20 Feb. 2019 The pops of red keep the space from being too cold, as do the punchy art and string lights. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Would You Live in This Converted Gas Station in New Orleans?," 1 Feb. 2019 Despite several studies that confirm Black fathers are typically very involved in the lives of their children, an ugly string of representation of Black fatherhood permeates even the best and most honest images of Black fatherhood in existence. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 According to The Sun, a British tabloid, the park on the property was set up like a carnival, complete with a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, games, and fall-colored string lights. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Here's Everything That Happened at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Reception," 13 Oct. 2018 If anything, football fans have been spoiled by a string of competitive Super Bowls after many years in which big game blowouts became commonplace. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018," 5 Feb. 2019 In home kitchens and in hospitals, Steyn suspended spider webs by a string attached to a nail. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 This climate of fear was accented by a string of terror attacks leading up to the elections, many with racist motivations. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And then, of course, there's what happens at the end of the performance: Gaga bleeds to death and is strung up by her dancers, her eyes glassy and lifeless. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga's 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Performance Was a Warning Pop Culture Needed," 17 Aug. 2018 In front of him was a blindfolded man, strung up between two trees, arms and legs splayed in the shape of an X. All around him were members of MS-13, urging him on. Hannah Dreier, Daily Intelligencer, "The Betrayal of Triste," 2 Apr. 2018 While that assessment may seem hyperbolic, whatever algorithms were strung together to make this robot tick are operating in a way that its designers didn’t quite expect. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Good News: The New ISS Robot Is Already Going Rogue," 4 Dec. 2018 Smith does a terrific job of stringing it all into a taut narrative—but the real revelation of Fyre is in the insider interviews. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Fyre Is a Story You Have to See to Believe," 15 Jan. 2019 Strings get dirty and start to sound dull over time. Don’t be that guy who waits to change his strings only when one snaps and then begs his friend to string it up. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Is my crush actually into me, or just stringing me along? Liv Boeree, Vox, "How an 18th-century priest gave us the tools to make better decisions," 30 Nov. 2018 John Heath In 1884, a mob took John Heath out of a Tombstone jail and strung him up from a telegraph pole. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Famous graves in Arizona: Big Nose Kate, Cochise and other notables," 27 Apr. 2018 Paine strings them together with footage of modern marvels, alongside clips from old movies that anticipated our possible techno-dystopian future. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "'Do You Trust This Computer?' lays out a scary case for artificial intelligence threats," 6 Apr. 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 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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