After a string of disappointing economic news, the job numbers for July were very welcome.
The likely de Blasio win is just the latest in a string of WFP victories.
Consider this string of home prices, for a small house in Capitol Hill: June 2000 List price: $149,000.
Vanderkool makes a string of arrests that stun border patrol compatriots and townsfolk.
We focus on an issue until another shiny object—or a piece of string—distracts us.
But the string the tradesman had touched went on vibrating notwithstanding.
For the string of pearls around her neck I paid a half million.
He wanted me too much, at the end of a string, to torment, and to get money from when times were bad.
The bow of wood and the string of our own entrails, replied one of the bears.
The news came out in next day's "Spouter," with a string of good wishes from the editorial chair for the happy pair.
Old English streng "line, cord, thread," from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cf. Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang "rope, cord"), from *strang- "taut, stiff," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain). Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of "a number of objects arranged in a line" first recorded late 15c.
Old English meaning "ligaments, tendons" is preserved in hamstring, heartstrings. Meaning "limitations, stipulations" (1888) is American English, probably from the common April Fool's joke of leaving a purse that looks full of money on the sidewalk, then tugging it away with an attached string when someone stoops to pick it up. To pull strings "control the course of affairs" (1860) is from the notion of puppet theater. First string, second string, etc. in athletics (1863) is from archers' custom of carrying spare bowstrings in the event that one breaks. Strings "stringed instruments" is attested from mid-14c. String bean is from 1759; string bikini is from 1974.
c.1400, "to fit a bow with a string," from string (n.). Meaning "to thread (beads, etc.) on a string" is from 1610s. To string (someone) along is slang from 1902; string (v.) in this sense is attested in British dialect from c.1812.
A sequence of data values, usually bytes, which usually stand for characters (a "character string"). The mapping between values and characters is determined by the character set which is itself specified implcitly or explicitly by the environment in which the string is being interpreted.
The most common character set is ASCII but, since the late 1990s, there has been increased interest in larger character sets such as Unicode where each character is represented by more than eight bits.
Most programming languages consider strings (e.g. "124:shabooya:\n", "hello world") basically distinct from numbers which are typically stored in fixed-length binary or floating-point representation.
A bit string is a sequence of bits.