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[boh-string] /ˈboʊˌstrɪŋ/
the string of an archer's bow.
a string, typically of horsehair, for the bow of an instrument of the violin and viol families.
(especially in the Ottoman Empire) a similar string for killing people by strangulation.
verb (used with object), bowstringed or bowstrung, bowstringing.
to strangle with a bowstring or any string or band.
Origin of bowstring
First recorded in 1350-1400, bowstring is from the Middle English word bowe streng. See bow2, string Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The point of starting this serving is two and one-half inches above the center of the bowstring.

  • Get ye gone, or the bastinado and the bowstring shall be your portion.

  • He has a French cook, but he retains the kurbash; he puts up telephones, but he does not give up the bowstring.

    The Rulers of the Mediterranean Richard Harding Davis
  • He broke his bowstring, and his hand was numbed at the wrist-joint.

  • He was at tension, like a bowstring that is stretched continually.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • As the sound was not repeated, he strode in among the trees, setting an arrow against the bowstring.

    Hawk Eye David Cory
  • He had squatted there and waited, taut as a bowstring, to find out whether the Filippeschi would attack.

  • There was no other gate, and the highway soon became as straight as a bowstring.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • Yet with that low voice for their bowstring they gave him comfort.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • The King lost his temper and threatened Ulf with an arrow on his bowstring.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
British Dictionary definitions for bowstring


the string of an archer's bow, usually consisting of three strands of hemp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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