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String v. t. [imp. Strung p. p. Strung (R. Stringed ); p. pr. & vb. n. Stringing.]
1. To furnish with strings; as, to string a violin.
Has not wise nature strung the legs and feet
With firmest nerves, designed to walk the street? --Gay.
2. To put in tune the strings of, as a stringed instrument, in order to play upon it.
For here the Muse so oft her harp has strung,
That not a mountain rears its head unsung. --Addison.
3. To put on a string; to file; as, to string beads.
4. To make tense; to strengthen.
Toil strung the nerves, and purified the blood. --Dryden.
5. To deprive of strings; to strip the strings from; as, to string beans. See String, n., 9.
6. To hoax; josh; jolly; often used with along; as, we strung him along all day until he realized we were kidding. [Slang]
1. A small cord, a line, a twine, or a slender strip of leather, or other substance, used for binding together, fastening, or tying things; a cord, larger than a thread and smaller than a rope; as, a shoe string; a bonnet string; a silken string.
Round Ormond's knee thou tiest the mystic string. --Prior.
2. A thread or cord on which a number of objects or parts are strung or arranged in close and orderly succession; hence, a line or series of things arranged on a thread, or as if so arranged; a succession; a concatenation; a chain; as, a string of shells or beads; a string of dried apples; a string of houses; a string of arguments. “A string of islands.”
3. A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.
4. The cord of a musical instrument, as of a piano, harp, or violin; specifically (pl.), the stringed instruments of an orchestra, in distinction from the wind instruments; as, the strings took up the theme. “An instrument of ten strings.”
Me softer airs befit, and softer strings
Of lute, or viol still. --Milton.
5. The line or cord of a bow.
He twangs the grieving string. --Pope.
6. A fiber, as of a plant; a little, fibrous root.
Duckweed putteth forth a little string into the water, from the bottom. --Bacon.
7. A nerve or tendon of an animal body.
The string of his tongue was loosed. --Mark vii. 35.
8. Shipbuilding An inside range of ceiling planks, corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and bolted to it.
9. Bot. The tough fibrous substance that unites the valves of the pericap of leguminous plants, and which is readily pulled off; as, the strings of beans.
10. Mining A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic vein.
11. Arch. Same as Stringcourse.
12. Billiards The points made in a game.
13. (a) In various indoor games, a score or tally, sometimes, as in American billiard games, marked by buttons threaded on a string or wire. (b) In various games, competitions, etc., a certain number of turns at play, of rounds, etc.
14. Billiards & Pool (a) The line from behind and over which the cue ball must be played after being out of play as by being pocketed or knocked off the table; -- called also string line. (b) Act of stringing for break.
15. A hoax; a trumped-up or “fake” story. [Slang]
String band Mus., a band of musicians using only, or chiefly, stringed instruments.
String beans. (a) A dish prepared from the unripe pods of several kinds of beans; -- so called because the strings are stripped off. (b) Any kind of beans in which the pods are used for cooking before the seeds are ripe; usually, the low bush bean.
To have two strings to one's bow, to have a means or expedient in reserve in case the one employed fails.
String, v. i. To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.
n 1: a lightweight cord [syn: twine]
2: stringed instruments that are played with a bow; "the
strings played superlatively well" [syn: bowed stringed
3: a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound
when plucked, struck, or bowed
4: a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in
which each successive member is related to the preceding;
"a string of islands"; "train of mourners"; "a train of
thought" [syn: train]
5: a linear sequence of symbols (characters or words or
6: a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around
an opening; "he pulled the drawstring and closed the bag"
[syn: drawstring, drawing string]
7: a collection of objects threaded on a single strand
8: a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string
of beads"; "a strand of pearls"; [syn: chain, strand]
v 1: thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string";
"the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried
cranberries" [syn: thread, draw]
2: add as if on a string; "string these ideas together";
"string up these songs and you'll have a musical" [syn: string
3: move or come along [syn: string along]
4: stretch out or arrange like a string
5: string together; tie or fasten with a string; "string the
6: remove the stringy parts of; "string beans"
7: provide with strings; "string my guitar" [ant: unstring]