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

9a : balkline sense 1

b : the action of lagging for break in billiards

11 strings plural

a : contingent conditions or obligations

b : control, domination

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

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

At that moment the strings in the orchestra enter, tentatively supporting his tender melodic line with cushioning harmonies. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 Also, being fed a string of facts in response to questions doesn’t teach a child to listen well or to gather information in other ways. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Alexa: Don’t Let My 2-Year-Old Talk to You That Way," 10 July 2018 The court has issued a string of rulings in recent years favorable to business interests and Kavanaugh could help cement the strongest pro-business leanings on the court in decades. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Stock market shrugs off Trump's trade war," 10 July 2018 Ten months ago, when the Giants called Sandoval up to the majors, it was viewed as a nonsense transaction for a terrible team playing out the string in a lost season. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Sandoval’s return to Giants: From sentimental to genius," 22 June 2018 Originally based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale conjured up a possible future where the conservative strings in our nation swell and drown out the rest of the nation’s orchestra. refinery29.com, "This Week's Handmaid’s Tale Is Devastatingly Similar To What's Happening On The Border Right Now," 20 June 2018 The administration followed through with a string of sanctions this year in response to election hacking as well as cyberattacks and recent cyber intrusions on the US energy grid. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Senate defense bill pushes Trump to get tougher on Russian hacking," 19 June 2018 After dropping a string of lush, alt-R&B singles in recent years, Iyves returns with a full body of work: her debut EP Chromatic is out on Friday (June 15). Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Iyves Creates Vibrant, Alt-R&B With 'Chromatic': Exclusive Premiere," 14 June 2018 Romelu Lukaku leads the attack, supported by the creative genius of Eden Hazard and with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. Raf Casert, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Talent-rich Belgium seek breakthrough after major tournament letdowns," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In such operations, fog nets of plastic or metal mesh are strung up by the ocean, catching 1 to 3 percent of the droplets that pass through them, MIT said. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "MIT says new system captures water in fog," 8 June 2018 Loyola now has won 20 games in each of the last three seasons and has strung together four winning seasons in a row under coach Nick Bridich. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "After winning 4A sectional title, Loyola falls to Huntley in supersectional," 5 June 2018 One said the former warlord sliced a baby from a pregnant woman’s stomach and strung her intestines up as rope. Fox News, "Warlord 'Jungle Jabbah', accused of cooking and eating heart, sentenced to 30 years," 20 Apr. 2018 So often reliant on home runs to score, the Brewers produced only one – a leadoff shot to center by Manny Piña in the bottom of the fifth – but strung together some tough at-bats with the game on the line. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Given a chance to provide production at shortstop, Brad Miller has made impact for Brewers," 3 July 2018 But rope is still an essential tool for survival, whether it’s for stringing food away from bears, drying clothes, or binding a pesky scavenger. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "16 Tools You Need When You Live Off the Grid," 3 July 2018 Rex and Jessie helped by stringing lights above Andy’s stacked Jenga game pieces. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 The crowd might not have immediately responded but his teammates did, stripping possession away on the ensuing kickoff then promptly stringing a sequence of positive plays together. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "USA hangs on to defeat Scotland in rugby thriller," 17 June 2018 By the end of the day, boxers, socks and shirts were draped outside homes and shops, and even strung across a street. New York Times, "A Town Airs Its Laundry, and Is Proud of It," 13 June 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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