\ 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 The difference between the way the U.S. team relied on tough shots down the stretch against Australia and the way Patty Mills pretty much had everyone on a string in the fourth quarter was glaring. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 Indeed, until its recent string of victories, some members of Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party had mainly viewed the England team as a pesky example of political correctness run amok. Mark Landler, New York Times, 6 July 2021 Taliban fighters took control of a key district in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province Monday and encircled the provincial capital, police said, as the insurgent group added to its string of recent victories on the battlefield. Fox News, 22 June 2021 Keogh played out this strategy in his own string of Audi Super Bowl commercials and in every other way possible. Dale Buss, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Pitching seven scoreless innings for the second consecutive outing and stretching to 10 his string of quality starts, Woodruff carried the Brewers to a 3-0 victory at Nationals Park that gave them a sweep of the three-game series. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2021 Yesterday, Biden moved to end its string of acting leaders, nominating Rick Spinrad, an oceanographer at Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, and a longtime NOAA hand, as the agency’s next head. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, 23 Apr. 2021 First, snap off the stem end of the pods with your fingers and simultaneously pull down one side of the pod to remove its string. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 But Tanden's nomination failed after West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, announced his opposition due to her long string of comments attacking Republicans. Alex Rogers, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, recording and analyzing a conversation might help clinicians detect subtle changes in the way people string ideas together or refer to themselves. Daniel Barron, Time, 9 July 2021 Twenty years on, those humble beginnings have sprouted into a fabulous fun house of fonts, with artistic media as varied as rods of glass, string art and coins. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, 25 June 2021 Reis also worries that some of the more aggressive social media fights against antisemitism may string together individual events to misconstrue the nature of anti-Jewish hate. Ben Sales,, 16 June 2021 Peruvians from the Huinchiri community in Cusco region are rebuilding a 500-year-old Incan hanging bridge, made using traditional weaving techniques to literally string a crossing together spanning the Apurimac river far below. CNN, 16 June 2021 The end of the regular season is fast approaching and the Dallas Cowboys are still looking to string together wins for the first time all year. Dallas News, 17 Dec. 2020 Coming off Saturday’s win in Atlanta, the Lions will look to string together three straight wins for the first time in more than two seasons. Julia Poe,, 1 Sep. 2020 Riders no longer need to launch suicidal moves and string together solo victories to claim the yellow jersey. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 27 June 2021 As for the style: The button-down front, string waist design, and high-low hemline are all reminiscent of a free-living country aesthetic. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, 24 June 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, 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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“String.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 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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