- simple past tense and past participle of string.
- a slender cord or thick thread used for binding or tying; line.
- something resembling a cord or thread.
- Also called cosmic string. Physics. a mathematical entity used to represent elementary particles, as gravitons, quarks, or leptons, in terms of a small but finite stringlike object existing in the four dimensions of spacetime and in additional, hypothetical, spacelike dimensions. The theory of such objects (string theory) avoids the many mathematical difficulties that arise from treating particles as points.
- a narrow strip of flexible material, as cloth or leather, for tying parts together: the strings of a bonnet.
- a necklace consisting of a number of beads, pearls, or the like threaded or strung on a cord; strand: She wore a double string of pearls.
- any series of things arranged or connected in a line or following closely one after another: a string of islands; a string of questions.
- a series of railroad cars coupled together but not constituting an entire train.
- Journalism. a compilation of clippings of a stringer's published writings, submitted in request of payment according to an agreed space rate.
- a group of animals, especially saddle horses, owned or used by one person: a string of polo ponies.
- (in a musical instrument) a tightly stretched cord or wire that produces a tone when caused to vibrate, as by plucking, striking, or friction of a bow.
- stringed instruments, especially those played with a bow.
- players on such instruments in an orchestra or band.
- a bowstring.
- a cord or fiber in a plant.
- the tough piece uniting the two parts of a pod: the strings of beans.
- Computers, Linguistics. a linear sequence of symbols, words, characters, or bits that is treated as a unit.
- Billiards, Pool.
- 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.
- a complement of contestants or players grouped as a squad in accordance with their skill: He made the second string on the football team.
- Usually strings. conditions or limitations on a proposal: a generous offer with no strings attached.
- Obsolete. a ligament, nerve, or the like in an animal body.
- to furnish with or as with a string or strings: to string a bonnet; to string a bow.
- to extend or stretch (a cord, thread, etc.) from one point to another.
- to thread on or as on a string: to string beads.
- to connect in or as in a line; arrange in a series or succession: She knows how to string words together.
- 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 provide or adorn with something suspended or slung: a room strung with festoons.
- to deprive of a string or strings; strip the strings from: to string beans.
- to make tense, as the sinews, nerves, mind, etc.
- to kill by hanging (usually followed by up).
- Slang. to fool or hoax.
- to form into or move in a string or series: The ideas string together coherently.
- to form into a string or strings, as a glutinous substance does when pulled: Good taffy doesn't break—it strings.
- string along, Informal.
- 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.
- string out,
- to extend; stretch out: The parade strung out for miles.
- to prolong: The promised three days strung out to six weeks.
- on a/the string, Informal. subject to the whim of another; in one's power; dependent: After keeping me on a string for two months, they finally hired someone else.
- pull strings/wires,
- 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 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
- a past tense and past participle of string
- (of a piano, etc) provided with strings, esp of a specified kind or in a specified manner
- (in combination)gut-strung
- highly strung very nervous or volatile in characterUsual US and Canadian phrase: high-strung
- a thin length of cord, twine, fibre, or similar material used for tying, hanging, binding, etc
- a group of objects threaded on a single stranda string of beads
- a series or succession of things, events, acts, utterances, etca string of oaths
- a number, chain, or group of similar things, animals, etc, owned by or associated with one person or bodya string of girlfriends
- a tough fibre or cord in a plantthe string of an orange; the string of a bean
- music a tightly stretched wire, cord, etc, found on stringed instruments, such as the violin, guitar, and piano
- short for bowstring
- architect short for string course, stringer (def. 1)
- maths linguistics a sequence of symbols or words
- linguistics a linear sequence, such as a sentence as it is spoken
- physics a one-dimensional entity postulated to be a fundamental component of matter in some theories of particle physicsSee also cosmic string
- billiards another word for lag 1 (def. 6)
- a group of characters that can be treated as a unit by a computer program
- (plural) complications or conditions (esp in the phrase no strings attached)
- (modifier) composed of stringlike strands woven in a large mesha string bag; string vest
- keep on a string to have control or a hold over (a person), esp emotionally
- pull strings informal to exert personal influence, esp secretly or unofficially
- pull the strings to have real or ultimate control of something
- second string a person or thing regarded as a secondary source of strength
- the strings (plural)
- violins, violas, cellos, and double basses collectively
- the section of a symphony orchestra constituted by such instruments
- (tr) to provide with a string or strings
- (tr) to suspend or stretch from one point to another
- (tr) to thread on a string
- (tr) to form or extend in a line or series
- (foll by out) to space or spread out at intervals
- (tr usually foll by up) informal to kill (a person) by hanging
- (tr) to remove the stringy parts from (vegetables, esp beans)
- (intr) (esp of viscous liquids) to become stringy or ropey
- (tr often foll by up) to cause to be tense or nervous
- billiards another word for lag 1 (def. 3)
Word Origin for string
Word Origin and History for strung
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.
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