Definition for strung (2 of 2)
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Kevin Fallon|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ben Teitelbaum|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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!)|Michael Moynihan|October 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These fringe bands were also strung in horizontal form across a cotton-knit silk dress, as if suspended on a weaving loom.
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|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The harp can be made of wood, covered with gold paper, and strung with yellow cord.Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants|James H. Head
This one's goin' to look like the ten-cent store in Albuquerque, all strung up in a redwood.Heart of the West|O. Henry
After a buffalo hunt the Indian villages were all festooned with jerked meat, strung on scaffolds and among the teepees.Pluck on the Long Trail|Edwin L. Sabin
A gilded ball, having a hole pierced through it, is strung on each hand-thread, and to each ball a fine silken thread is attached.
Cleave had strung the coffee berries along a crack between the boards.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for strung (1 of 2)
- (of a piano, etc) provided with strings, esp of a specified kind or in a specified manner
- (in combination)gut-strung
British Dictionary definitions for strung (2 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin and History for strung (1 of 3)
past tense of string (v.). In reference to nerves, feelings, etc., from 1840. Slang strung out "addicted" is recorded from 1959.
Word Origin and History for strung (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for strung (2 of 3)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with strung
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