- 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.
Origin of string
Related Words for strungscrew, tighten, weld, affix, adhere, nail, attach, bolt, solder, glue, truss, join, string, chain, couple, connect, integrate, wedge, set, lace
Examples from the Web for strung
Contemporary Examples of strung
So it was fun to see how they strung those together and had the hybrid between live-action and animation.How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer
October 20, 2014
Somehow they strung together three wins in their conference tournament and sneaked into the Big Dance.The March Madness Teams to Cheer If Yours Got Bounced
March 16, 2014
And Williamson so frequently invokes God that she starts sounding like Louis Gohmert strung out on good vibes.Fire the Crackpots of Congress! (And Replace Them with New Crackpots!)
October 27, 2013
These fringe bands were also strung in horizontal form across a cotton-knit silk dress, as if suspended on a weaving loom.Missoni Spring/ Summer 2014: Pop'n'Xotic
September 23, 2013
It really affects your spirit, and you can rise out of the ashes, or get strung out on drugs and have low self-esteem.Lee Daniels on ‘The Butler,’ Working with Oprah, Trayvon Martin, and Race in America
August 12, 2013
Historical Examples of strung
Yet there was a nameless air of preparation in the room, as if it were strung up for an occasion.Little Dorrit
Yet if I had caught him again I would have strung him up to the first limb.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
It had been strung by some of the asylum attendants and was a private wire.Frank Roscoe's Secret
The bards had strung their harps, and began the song of death.Imogen
It doesn't amuse me to be strung up and cut down and strung up again.The Education of Eric Lane
- (of a piano, etc) provided with strings, esp of a specified kind or in a specified manner
- (in combination)gut-strung
- 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
past tense of string (v.). In reference to nerves, feelings, etc., from 1840. Slang strung out "addicted" is recorded from 1959.
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