[ 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), bow·stringed or bow·strung, bow·string·ing.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bowstring


/ (ˈbəʊˌstrɪŋ) /


the string of an archer's bow, usually consisting of three strands of hemp
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