IPA (: key) /stɹɪŋ/
Middle English , string , streng , from strynge Old English streng ( “ string, cord, rope; tackle, rigging; ligament, ligature, sinew; line, lineage ” ), from Proto-Germanic *strangiz ( “ string ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *strengʰ- ( “ rope, cord, strand; to tighten ” ). Cognate with Scots string ( “ string ” ), Dutch streng ( “ cord, strand ” ), Low German strenge ( “ strand, cord, rope ” ), German Strang ( “ strand, cord, rope ” ), Danish streng ( “ string ” ), Swedish sträng ( “ string, cord, wire ” ), Icelandic strengur ( “ string ” ), Latvian stringt ( “ to be tight, wither ” ), Latin strangulō ( "strangle, choke" ), from Ancient Greek στραγγαλόομαι ( strangalóomai, “ to strangle ” ), from στραγγάλη ( strangálē, “ halter ” ), Ancient Greek στραγγός ( strangós, “ tied together, entangled, twisted ” ).
string ( , countable and uncountable plural ) strings
( countable ) A long, thin and flexible structure made from threads twisted together.
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( uncountable ) Such a structure considered as a substance.
( countable ) Any similar long, thin and flexible object.
a violin string
a bow string 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 string of shells or beads; a string of sausages
( countable ) A cohesive substance taking the form of a string.
The string of spittle dangling from his chin was most unattractive
( countable ) A series of items or events.
2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, 27:
In 1933, disgusted and discouraged after a
string of commercial failures, Clara quit the film business forever. She was twenty-six.
a string of successes
( countable ) In various games and competitions, a certain number of turns at play, of rounds, etc.
( countable , computing ) An ordered sequence of text characters stored consecutively in memory and capable of being processed as a single entity.
( music , countable ) A stringed instrument.
( music , usually in the plural ) The stringed instruments as a section of an orchestra, especially those played by a bow, or the persons playing those instruments.
( in the plural ) The conditions and limitations in a contract collecively.
no strings attached
( countable , physics ) The main object of study in string theory, a branch of theoretical physics.
( slang ) Cannabis or marijuana. Part of the game of
billiards, where the order of the play is determined by testing who can get a ball closest to the bottom rail by shooting it onto the end rail. The points made in a game of billiards.
( billiards , pool ) 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; also called the string line. A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.
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( archaic ) A fibre, as of a plant; a little fibrous root.
Duckweed putteth forth a little
string into the water, from the bottom.
( archaic ) A nerve or tendon of an animal body.
Bible, Mark vii. 35
string of his tongue was loosed.
( shipbuilding ) An inside range of ceiling planks, corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and bolted to it.
( botany ) The tough fibrous substance that unites the valves of the pericarp of leguminous plants.
the strings of beans
( mining ) A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic vein.
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( architecture ) A stringcourse.
( dated , slang ) A hoax; a fake story.
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long, thin structure made from twisted threads
varg (sq) Arabic:
وَتَر (ar) m ( watar ) Armenian:
լար (hy) ( lar ) Basque:
вяро́вачка f ( vjaróvačka ), мату́з m ( matúz ), лі́на f ( lína ) Bulgarian:
ни́шка (bg) f ( níška ), връв (bg) f ( vrǎv ) Burmese:
ကြိုး (my) ( krui: ) Catalan:
corda (ca) , f cordill , (ca) cordell (ca) m Chinese:
, 繩 绳 ( sing 4 - 2 ), , 線 线 ( sin 3 ) Mandarin:
線 , (zh) 线 (zh) ( xiàn ) Czech:
provázek , m šňůra f Danish:
streng c Dutch:
draad (nl) , m koord (nl) , n streng (nl) m, f Esperanto:
strongur m Finnish:
naru , (fi) nyöri (fi) French:
corde (fr) f Galician:
corda (gl) f Georgian:
სიმი ( simi ), ბაწარი ( bac̣ari ) German:
Schnur (de) , f ( music ) Saite (de) f Greek:
σπάγγος (el) m ( spángos ), σπάγκος (el) m ( spágkos ), κλωστή (el) f ( klostí ) Hebrew:
מֵיתָר (he) ( meitar ) Hindi:
तार (hi) ( tār ) Hungarian:
zsineg , (hu) zsinór , (hu) madzag , (hu) spárga (hu) Icelandic:
band , n snæri , n spotti , m strengur (is) m Ido:
kordeto (io) Irish:
sreang (ga) f Italian:
spago (it) , m stringa (it) , f laccetto , m legaccio (it) m Japanese:
紐 (ja) ( ひも, himo ) Khmer:
ខ្សែ (km) ( ksai ) Korean:
끈 (ko) ( kkeun ) Kurdish:
, بهند , پهت دهزو
ດ້າຍ ( dāi ), ເຊືອກ ( sư̄ak ) Latin:
līnum , n līnea , f fīlum n Latvian:
stīga (lv) , f aukla f Lithuanian:
styga f Macedonian:
низа f ( niza ), врвка f ( vrvka ) Malay:
, aho tau (mi) ( of a garment ) Mongolian:
чавхдас (mn) ( čavhdas ) Norwegian:
رشته (fa) ( rešte ), زه (fa) ( zeh ), تار (fa) ( târ ) Polish:
sznurek (pl) m Portuguese:
barbante (pt) , m corda (pt) , f fio (pt) m Romanian:
coardă (ro) , f șiret (ro) , n șnur (ro) n Russian:
бечёвка (ru) f ( bečóvka ), верёвка (ru) f ( verjóvka ), шнур (ru) m ( šnur ) Scottish Gaelic:
teud m Serbo-Croatian:
жицa f Roman:
žica (sh) Slovak:
šnúra , f povrázok , m špagát m Slovene:
vrv (sl) f Spanish:
cordel (es) , m mecate (es) , m ( music ) cuerda (es) f Swahili:
uzi (sw) Swedish:
sträng (sv) c Thai:
ด้าย (th) ( dâai ), เชือก (th) ( chʉ̂ʉak ) Turkish:
ip , (tr) tel (tr) ( music ) Turkmen:
, tar ýüp Ukrainian:
верве́чка (uk) f ( vervéčka ), моту́зка f ( motúzka ), вірьо́вка f ( virʹóvka ), шво́рка f ( švórka ) Uzbek:
tor (uz) Vietnamese:
chuỗi (vi) Welsh:
llinyn (cy) m Yiddish:
שטריקל n ( shtrikl ) Yup'ik:
intambo class 9/ 10
this structure as a substance
any similar long, thin and flexible object
弦 (zh) ( xián ) ( bow, musical instrument ), 琴弦 (zh) ( qínxián ) ( musical instrument ), 弓弦 (zh) ( gōngxián ) ( in a bow ) Finnish:
nauha , (fi) kieli (fi) ( in a musical instrument ), jänne (fi) ( in a bow ) Greek:
χορδή (el) f ( chordí ) Italian:
corda (it) ( f in musical instrument) Japanese:
弦 (ja) ( げん, gen ) ( in a musical instrument ), 弓弦 ( ゆづる, yuzuru, ゆみづる, yumizuru, ゆんづる, yunzuru ) ( bowstring ) Latvian:
stīga (lv) f
cohesive substance in the form of a string
series of items or events
serie (it) , f sfilza , f sequela (it) , f fila (it) , f catena (it) f Romanian:
șir , (ro) serie , (ro) suită (ro) Russian:
ряд (ru) m ( rjad ), цепо́чка (ru) f ( cepóčka ), верени́ца (ru) f ( vereníca ), се́рия (ru) f ( sérija ) Slovak:
sled , m reťaz , f sekvencia , f následnosť f Swedish:
serie (sv) , c följd (sv) , c rad (sv) c
computing: sequence of characters
string of a musical instrument
stringed instruments section
physics: subject of study in string theory
slang: cannabis or marijuana
string ( third-person singular simple present , strings present participle , stringing simple past and past participle ) strung
( transitive ) To put (items) on a string.
You can string these beads on to this cord to make a colorful necklace.
( transitive ) To put strings on (something).
It is difficult to string a tennis racket properly.
( intransitive ) To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.
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