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 cord or fiber in a plant.
the tough piece uniting the two parts of a pod:
the strings of beans.
Also called stringer. one of the sloping sides of a stair, supporting the treads and risers.
Computers, Linguistics. a linear sequence of symbols, words, characters, or bits that is treated as a unit.
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.
verb (used with object), strung; strung or (Rare) stringed; stringing.
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.
verb (used without object), strung; strung or (Rare) stringed; stringing.
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.
to extend; stretch out:
The parade strung out for miles.
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.
a thin length of cord, twine, fibre, or similar material used for tying, hanging, binding, etc
a group of objects threaded on a single strand: a string of beads
a series or succession of things, events, acts, utterances, etc: a string of oaths
a number, chain, or group of similar things, animals, etc, owned by or associated with one person or body: a string of girlfriends
a tough fibre or cord in a plant: the 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 (sense 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 physics See also cosmic string
(billiards) another word for lag1 (sense 6)
a group of characters that can be treated as a unit by a computer program
(pl) complications or conditions (esp in the phrase no strings attached)
(modifier) composed of stringlike strands woven in a large mesh: a string bag, string vest
keep on a string, to have control or a hold over (a person), esp emotionally
(informal) pull strings, 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
(pl) the strings
violins, violas, cellos, and double basses collectively
the section of a symphony orchestra constituted by such instruments
verb strings, stringing, strung (strʌŋ)
(transitive) to provide with a string or strings
(transitive) to suspend or stretch from one point to another
(transitive) to thread on a string
(transitive) to form or extend in a line or series
(foll by out) to space or spread out at intervals
(informal) (transitive) usually foll by up. to kill (a person) by hanging
(transitive) to remove the stringy parts from (vegetables, esp beans)
(intransitive) (esp of viscous liquids) to become stringy or ropey
(transitive) often foll by up. to cause to be tense or nervous
(billiards) another word for lag1 (sense 3)
noun, Billiards, Pool. 1. string (def 17b). noun 1. (billiards) another name for baulk line (sense 1)
- String orchestra
noun 1. an orchestra consisting only of violins, violas, cellos, and double basses
- String oriented interactive compiler
language (STOIC) A language from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. STOIC is similar to FORTH for strings and includes many VAX-specific items. (1998-09-27)
- String oriented symbolic language
language (SNOBOL) A string processing language for text and formula manipulation, developed by David J. Farber, Ralph E. Griswold and Ivan P. Polonsky at Bell Labs in 1962. SNOBOL had only simple control structures but provided a rich string-matching formalism of power comparable to regular expressions but implemented differently. People used it for simple natural […]