- stringed instruments, especially those played with a bow.
- players on such instruments in an orchestra or band.
- a stroke made by each player from the head of the table to the opposite cushion and back, to determine, by means of the resultant positions of the cue balls, who shall open the game.
- Also called string line. a line from behind which the cue ball is placed after being out of play.
verb (used with object), strung; strung or (Rare) stringed; string·ing.
- to adjust the string of (a bow) or tighten the strings of (a musical instrument) to the required pitch.
- to equip (a bow or instrument) with new strings.
verb (used without object), strung; strung or (Rare) stringed; string·ing.
- to be in agreement; follow with confidence: He found he couldn't string along with all their modern notions.
- to keep (a person) waiting or in a state of uncertainty.
- to deceive; cheat; trick.
- to extend; stretch out: The parade strung out for miles.
- to prolong: The promised three days strung out to six weeks.
- to use one's influence or authority, usually in secret, in order to bring about a desired result.
- to gain or attempt to gain one's objectives by means of influential friends, associates, etc.: He had his uncle pull strings to get him a promotion.
Origin of string
Related formsstring·less, adjectivestring·like, adjectivere·string, verb, re·strung, re·string·ing.
Examples from the Web for string
The plot was a string of anecdotes from the senseless shootings of friends that Brinsley knew.
And the string of episodes that aired before that were gripping, noble, and simply entertaining to watch.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A cold salad with French string beans is the perfect counterpoint.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the string beans.
Toss the string beans and mesclun with enough dressing to moisten.
Very tired they looked, having been for hours in the string.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife|Mary King Waddington
Thereby had she been enabled to say, 'He will come'; and saying, 'He has come,' her touch rested on the first knot in the string.The Short Works of George Meredith|George Meredith
String the pieces of cord through a ring, taking care that the ends are of the same length.Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools|Virginia McGaw
Now stretch out in line, my merry ones, with arrow on string, and I shall show you such sport as only the King can give.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
The turtle that had taken the pin hook was swimming about with the string dragging after it.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home|Laura Lee Hope
British Dictionary definitions for string
- violins, violas, cellos, and double basses collectively
- the section of a symphony orchestra constituted by such instruments
verb strings, stringing or strung (strʌŋ)
Derived Formsstringlike, adjective
Word Origin for string
Idioms and Phrases with string
In addition to the idioms beginning with string
- string along
- string out
- strings attached
- string together
- string up
- harp on (one string)
- no strings attached
- on a shoestring
- on a string
- pull strings
- purse strings
- tied to apron strings
- two strings to one's bow