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 Gibbon
string of islands
( 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 , chiefly 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:
нишка (bg) ( f niška) Catalan:
corda (ca) , f cordill , (ca) cordell (ca) m Chinese:
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 Georgian:
( სიმი simi), ( ბაწარი bac̣ari) German:
Schnur (de) , f ( music ) Saite (de) f Greek:
σπάγγος (el) ( m spángos), σπάγκος (el) ( m spánkos), κλωστή (el) ( f klostí) Hebrew:
מיתר ( (he) meitar) Hindi:
तार ( (hi) tāra) 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) himo) Khmer:
ខ្សែ ( (km) ksai) Korean:
끈 ( (ko) kkeun)
, بهند , پهت دهزو Lao:
please add this translation if you can Latin:
līnum , n līnea , f fīlum n Latvian:
stīga (lv) , f aukla (lv) f Lithuanian:
styga f 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 žica (sh) Slovak:
šnúra , f povrázok , m špagát m Spanish:
cordel (es) , m mecate (es) , m ( music ) cuerda (es) f Swahili:
uzi (sw) Swedish:
sträng (sv) c Thai:
ด้าย ( (th) dâai), เชือก ( (th) chêuak) Turkish:
ip (tr) 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 )
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
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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