Many of them have strings, but others are stringless and consequently are easier to prepare.
Then he was given a stringless violin, and forced to play upon it.
I still couldn't walk -- when I stood, my legs gave way like a stringless marionette's.
Green peas or stringless beans may be substituted for asparagus.
Two of these are stringless, but a drawback to them is that they discolour the water in which they are boiled.
Marinate cold, cooked, stringless beans with French Dressing.
Cook until tender two cups green, stringless beans and three or four small new onions, in boiling salted water.
stringless beans should be selected if possible, to avoid this part of the work.
A vast, bleak land peopled with stringless puppets, with walking cadavers.
stringless it was, though the broken strands of a blue ribbon attached to it showed that it had not always been so.
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.