\ 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 attributivelya 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 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



Definition of string (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to stringed musical instruments the string section

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stringless \ ˈstriŋ-​ləs How to pronounce stringless (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 announcement comes two months after a group of Puerto Ricans discovered and broke into a warehouse filled with emergency supplies in southern Puerto Rico at a time local officials sought urgent help for those affected by a string of earthquakes. Time, "Puerto Rico Discovers Personal Protective Equipment Supply Stash Amid COVID-19 Outbreak," 4 Apr. 2020 Rogers’s only long-term artistic relationship with a fellow country artist, Dottie West, had sputtered out after a string of singles in the late ’70s. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, "The Magnetic Song That Is Kenny Rogers’s Most Enduring Legacy," 23 Mar. 2020 Today’s Catholic Rome is new for many in my age cohort, though, men and women entering our teens as Vatican II opened, and blessed by a string of gifted popes tested by the extremes of the past century. Francis X. Maier, National Review, "Pope Francis’s Respectful Critics Deserve Better Than Scorn," 20 Mar. 2020 The communication between the camps of two remaining Democratic presidential candidates comes as Sanders is mulling his next political move – after a string of devastating primary losses on Tuesday at the hands of the former vice president. Fox News, "Democracy 2020 Digest: Biden, Sanders campaigns in regular contact – about coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Both Mylar and latex balloons are a significant threat to wildlife, livestock and pets, which can be injured or killed from eating balloon fragments, getting tangled in long balloon ribbons or strings, or being spooked by the falling debris. Shannon Brines, The Conversation, "Balloon releases have deadly consequences – we’re helping citizen scientists map them," 18 Mar. 2020 Hang the meat up by the string and allow it to air-dry for 5–10 days, or until the pieces of beef feel as firm as a nearly-ripe avocado. Popular Science, "Basturma, baby! Make your own Armenian charcuterie.," 17 Mar. 2020 At the rally, disrupted by a string of liberal protests over the North America Free Trade Agreement and the Green New Deal, Michigan Lt. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden scores blowout win over Bernie Sanders in Michigan, widening already commanding lead," 10 Mar. 2020 The tests revealed that the 28 had a shorter shot string, with most of the pellets arriving on target at the same time within a basic spread of about three feet. Michael Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "5 Reasons To Love The 28 Gauge," 14 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After stringing together two straight double-digit sack seasons, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence surprisingly produced just five sacks — which, despite his dominant play against the run, disappointed a large segment of fans. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Why Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence is poised to post double-digit sacks in 2020," 25 May 2020 Giants 5, Twins 2 In Minneapolis, the Giants broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning by stringing together four hits and a sacrifice fly. Sporting Green Staff,, "May 4 Strat-O-Matic results: Giants rally past Twins; Mariners beat A’s," 4 May 2020 Between 6 and 12 months, your baby is likely starting to babble by stringing together some combinations of consonants and vowels. Vanessa Etienne, New York Times, "Does My Baby Have a Speech Delay?," 18 Apr. 2020 The Vikings also have a penchant for stringing together wins. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Should you bet on the Minnesota Vikings to win Super Bowl LIV?," 3 Jan. 2020 The Pacific City resident noticed wooden posts in the sand with ropes strung between them, makeshift fences that blocked people from a portion of the beach. oregonlive, "Fences on Pacific City beach draw concern from residents," 9 May 2020 Noblet has walked a line strung between high-rise buildings in Moscow and teetered some 1,300 feet in the air over a plunging waterfall in British Columbia. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Get Your Balance," 28 Apr. 2020 In 1978, 73-year-old Karl Wallenda fell to his death from a high wire strung between two buildings in Puerto Rico., "Flying Wallendas safely cross Times Square on high wire," 23 June 2019 So Kraemer recruited a niece to drape bedsheets over ropes strung between tall posts on several slopes about the ranch to simulate a vine’s leafy canopy. Mike Dunne,, "Inside the remote, peculiar vineyard behind Amador’s most acclaimed wines," 5 June 2019 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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“String.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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