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bowstring

[ boh-string ]
/ ˈboʊˌstrɪŋ /
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noun

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.

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Origin of bowstring

First recorded in 1350–1400, bowstring is from Middle English bowe streng. See bow2, string
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British Dictionary definitions for bowstring

bowstring
/ (ˈbəʊˌstrɪŋ) /

noun

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