Definitions for: String

[n] stringed instruments that are played with a bow; "the strings played superlatively well"
[n] a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string of beads" or"a strand of pearls"
[n] a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening; "he pulled the drawstring and closed the bag"
[n] a lightweight cord
[n] a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed
[n] a collection of objects threaded on a single strand
[n] a linear sequence of words as spoken or written
[n] a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding; "a string of islands"; "train of mourners"; "a train of thought"
[v] add as if on a string; "string these ideas together"; "string up these songs and you'll have a musical"
[v] provide with strings; "string my guitar"
[v] thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"
[v] remove the stringy parts of; "string beans"
[v] string together; tie or fasten with a string; "string the package"
[v] stretch out or arrange like a string
[v] move or come along

Webster (1913) Definition: String, n.
(a) In various indoor games, a score or tally, sometimes,
as in American billiard games, marked by buttons
threaded on a string or wire.
(b) In various games, competitions, etc., a certain number
of turns at play, of rounds, etc.

2. (Billiards & Pool)
(a) The line from behind and over which the cue ball must
be played after being out of play as by being pocketed
or knocked off the table; -- called also {string
(b) Act of stringing for break.

3. A hoax; a trumped-up or ``fake'' story. [Slang]

String, v. t.
To hoax; josh; jolly. [Slang]

String, v. i.
To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is
stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.

String (str[i^]ng), n. [OE. string, streng, AS. streng;
akin to D. streng, G. strang, Icel. strengr, Sw. str["a]ng,
Dan. str[ae]ng; probably from the adj., E. strong (see
Strong); or perhaps originally meaning, twisted, and akin
to E. strangle.]
1. A small cord, a line, a twine, or a slender strip of
leather, or other substance, used for binding together,
fastening, or tying things; a cord, larger than a thread
and smaller than a rope; as, a shoe string; a bonnet
string; a silken string. --Shak.

Round Ormond's knee thou tiest the mystic string.

2. A thread or cord on which a number of objects or parts are
strung or arranged in close and orderly succession; hence,
a line or series of things arranged on a thread, or as if
so arranged; a succession; a concatenation; a chain; as, a
string of shells or beads; a string of dried apples; a
string of houses; a string of arguments. ``A string of
islands.'' --Gibbon.

3. A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are
held together. --Milton.

4. The cord of a musical instrument, as of a piano, harp, or
violin; specifically (pl.), the stringed instruments of an
orchestra, in distinction from the wind instruments; as,
the strings took up the theme. ``An instrument of ten
strings.'' --Ps. xxx. iii. 2.

Me softer airs befit, and softer strings Of lute, or
viol still. --Milton.

5. The line or cord of a bow. --Ps. xi. 2.

He twangs the grieving string. --Pope.

6. A fiber, as of a plant; a little, fibrous root.

Duckweed putteth forth a little string into the
water, from the bottom. --Bacon.

7. A nerve or tendon of an animal body.

The string of his tongue was loosed. --Mark vii.

8. (Shipbuilding) An inside range of ceiling planks,
corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and
bolted to it.

9. (Bot.) The tough fibrous substance that unites the valves
of the pericap of leguminous plants, and which is readily
pulled off; as, the strings of beans.

10. (Mining) A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic
vein. --Ure.

11. (Arch.) Same as Stringcourse.

12. (Billiards) The points made in a game.

String band (Mus.), a band of musicians using only, or
chiefly, stringed instruments.

String beans.
(a) A dish prepared from the unripe pods of several kinds
of beans; -- so called because the strings are
stripped off.
(b) Any kind of beans in which the pods are used for
cooking before the seeds are ripe; usually, the low
bush bean.

To have two strings to one's bow, to have a means or
expedient in reserve in case the one employed fails.

String (str[i^]ng), v. t. [imp. Strung (str[u^]ng);
p. p. Strung (R. Stringed (str[i^]ngd)); p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To furnish with strings; as, to string a violin.

Has not wise nature strung the legs and feet With
firmest nerves, designed to walk the street? --Gay.

2. To put in tune the strings of, as a stringed instrument,
in order to play upon it.

For here the Muse so oft her harp has strung, That
not a mountain rears its head unsung. --Addison.

3. To put on a string; to file; as, to string beads.

4. To make tense; to strengthen.

Toil strung the nerves, and purified the blood.

5. To deprive of strings; to strip the strings from; as, to
string beans. See String, n., 9.

Synonyms: bowed stringed instrument, chain, draw, drawing string, drawstring, linguistic string, strand, string along, string of words, string up, thread, train, twine, word string

Antonyms: unstring

See Also: accumulation, add, advance, aggregation, alter, arrange, assemblage, bass fiddle, bass viol, bead, beads, bull fiddle, cello, chalk line, change, collection, contrabass, cord, double bass, drawstring bag, fasten, fiddle, fingerboard, fix, go on, language, language unit, linguistic communication, linguistic unit, march on, move on, necklace, packthread, pass on, progress, purse string, remove, secure, sentence, series, set up, snapline, snare, spread out, string bass, string of beads, string out, stringed instrument, syntagm, syntagma, take, take away, tie, viol, viola, violin, violoncello, wire, withdraw

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