Origin of stringing
- 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 Words for stringingscrew, tighten, weld, affix, adhere, nail, attach, bolt, solder, glue, truss, join, string, chain, couple, connect, integrate, wedge, set, lace
Examples from the Web for stringing
Contemporary Examples of stringing
I also like the turquoise blue color of the chips or beads that the kids are stringing together into that intricate design.You Can Indeed Judge a Book By Its Cover
November 20, 2013
Originally from Delaware, Smith had been in Washington almost a week building little decorative boxes and stringing ornaments.Obamas Deck the White House Halls
November 28, 2012
That is, maybe the information in the returns is embarrassing but no more than that, and Romney is just stringing everyone along.Michael Tomasky: How Mitt’s Tax Returns Show His Character Defect
August 7, 2012
There is also concern about safety on the streets as more and more outlets show up, stringing cables along the sidewalks.Knox Case Nears Its Gaudy End
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 29, 2011
From selling goats to stringing beads, Lolosoli's work on behalf of Samburu women has led her into the international spotlight.The Beadmaker's Refuge for Women
March 8, 2011
Historical Examples of stringing
From sea to sea there was stringing of bows in the cottage and clang of steel in the castle.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
How do I know who all these women folks are you're stringing off to me?Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Soon she perceived, however, that he was stringing them together on a new thread.The Market-Place
"Thirty fathom," said Dan, stringing a salt clam on to the hook."Captains Courageous"
In and out among the stars; it sounds like a plan for stringing the stars.Hortus Inclusus
- violins, violas, cellos, and double basses collectively
- the section of a symphony orchestra constituted by such instruments
verb strings, stringing or strung (strʌŋ)
Word Origin for string
Old English streng "line, cord, thread," from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cf. Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang "rope, cord"), from *strang- "taut, stiff," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain). Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of "a number of objects arranged in a line" first recorded late 15c.
Old English meaning "ligaments, tendons" is preserved in hamstring, heartstrings. Meaning "limitations, stipulations" (1888) is American English, probably from the common April Fool's joke of leaving a purse that looks full of money on the sidewalk, then tugging it away with an attached string when someone stoops to pick it up. To pull strings "control the course of affairs" (1860) is from the notion of puppet theater. First string, second string, etc. in athletics (1863) is from archers' custom of carrying spare bowstrings in the event that one breaks. Strings "stringed instruments" is attested from mid-14c. String bean is from 1759; string bikini is from 1974.
c.1400, "to fit a bow with a string," from string (n.). Meaning "to thread (beads, etc.) on a string" is from 1610s. To string (someone) along is slang from 1902; string (v.) in this sense is attested in British dialect from c.1812.
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