- 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.
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Idioms for 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
Example sentences from the Web for string
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.
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 forms of stringstringlike, 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