- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Idioms about string
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM stringstringless, adjectivestringlike, adjectivere·string, verb, re·strung, re·string·ing.
Words nearby string
How to use string in a sentence
You “gather string,” as we say, and hope the right moment comes.Temp Workers Fight Back Against Alleged Sexual Harassment and Say They Face Retaliation for Doing So|by Melissa Sanchez|August 28, 2020|ProPublica
Suddenly, these founders are awash in gobs of money with few strings attached, leaving them under no particular pressure to follow through on their plans.Are blockchain companies cursed with too much cash?|Jeff|August 19, 2020|Fortune
In 2014, thousands of people occupied streets to protest a long-awaited plan for universal voting that came with too many strings attached.A timeline that explains what’s happening in Hong Kong|Mary Hui|August 16, 2020|Quartz
The random forcing can show you what strings are in the piano.
GC376 works by preventing a key enzyme called M protease, which is found in a number of different coronaviruses, from chopping up long strings of viral proteins.How two coronavirus drugs for cats might help humans fight COVID-19|Erin Garcia de Jesus|August 11, 2020|Science News
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.
Aristide replaced the baby, and with a complicated arrangement of string fastened it securely to the seat.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Who has patience for the recapitulation of a string of names, when a group of faces may be placed simultaneously before him?
This harmless image of a fierce beast Yung Pak would pull about the floor with a string by the hour.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
She plays with Captain Lovelock as a child does with a wooden harlequin, she pulls a string and he throws up his arms and legs.Confidence|Henry James
He could lie in bed and string himself tales of travel and adventure while Harry was downstairs.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for string
- violins, violas, cellos, and double basses collectively
- the section of a symphony orchestra constituted by such instruments
Derived forms of stringstringlike, adjective
Word Origin for string
Other 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