the strings

plural noun

: the instruments of an orchestra (such as the cello, violin, or piano) that have strings or the musicians who play them

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At one point, the strings glided through an intricate tune while the rest of the orchestra softly complemented it. Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2023 The orchestra for the most part sounded especially good Friday night, the strings polished, winds and brasses fitting into ensembles just so. Dallas News, 4 Feb. 2023 The Home Alone star pirouettes to the strings of Tchaikovsky's famous score alongside the New York City Ballet in this Christmas Eve fairy tale. Andrew Walsh,, 5 Dec. 2022 The arrangement of the song and the strings. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 6 Apr. 2023 Soon, Gordon was playing the Autoharp through effects pedals, and cramming various odds and ends, including chopsticks, mallets, and pedal-steel slides, underneath the strings—a technique popularized, for piano, in the nineteen-thirties, by the experimental composer John Cage. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 The lovable Tevye, a man who knew all the strings to pull from atop his legendary perch as Fiddler on the Roof, would have appreciated the approach the Lightning brought to Saturday’s matinee performance at the Garden. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 25 Mar. 2023 Its founder, a bon vivant who once dated the widowed first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, held all the strings, and pulled them in ways that Mr. Kohn often disliked. Fred A. Bernstein, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2023 Stargazers were alarmed by how bright the strings of satellites appeared as sunlight reflected off their shiny surfaces. Bydaniel Clery,, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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“The strings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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