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Dictionary Definition

string

Noun

1 a lightweight cord [syn: twine]
2 stringed instruments that are played with a bow; "the strings played superlatively well" [syn: bowed stringed instrument]
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 phrases)
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]

Verb

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 up]
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 package"
6 remove the stringy parts of; "string beans"
7 provide with strings; "string my guitar" [ant: unstring] [also: strung]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /strɪŋ/, /strIN/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Etymology

Old English streng

Noun

  1. A long, thin and flexible structure made from threads twisted together.
  2. Such a structure considered as a substance.
  3. Any long, thin and flexible object.
    a violin string
  4. A cohesive substance taking the form of a string.
    The string of spittle dangling from his chin was most unattractive
  5. A series of items or events.
    a string of successes
  6. A sequence of characters stored consecutively in memory and capable of being processed as a single entity.
  7. A data type storing a sequence of data values, usually bytes, in which elements usually stand for characters according to a character encoding.
  8. An ordered sequence of symbols of a predetermined set or alphabet.
  9. A stringed instrument or the person playing that instrument.
  10. the main object of study in string theory, a branch of theoretical physics

Derived terms

Synonyms

  • (long, thin structure): cord, rope, line
  • (this structure as a substance): cord, rope, twine
  • (anything long and thin):
  • (cohesive substance in the form of a string):
  • (series of items or events): sequence, series
  • (sequence of characters in computing):
  • (stringed instruments): string section the strings, or the string section
  • (conditions): conditions, provisos

Translations

long, thin structure
this structure as a substance
anything long and thin
cohesive substance in the form of a string
series of items or events
sequence of characters in computing
stringed instruments
conditions

Verb

  1. To put (items) on a string.
    You can string these beads on to this cord to make a colorful necklace
  2. To put strings on (something).
    It is difficult to string a tennis racket properly

Synonyms

Translations

put on a string
put strings on

Noun

string
  1. (underwear) g-string, thong

French

Etymology

From string.

Pronunciation

/stʁiŋ/

Noun

fr-noun m

Extensive Definition

Generally, string is a thin, flexible piece of rope or twine which is used to tie, bind, or hang other objects. String can be made from a variety of fibres.
Examples of string use include:
  • String figures, designs formed by weaving string around one's fingers
  • A bow string, an essential part of a bow.
  • In musical instruments such as below.
String may also refer to:
In science, computers or mathematics:
In music: Other meanings:
string in Tosk Albanian: String
string in Czech: Řetězec
string in German: String
string in French: String
string in Italian: Stringa
string in Japanese: ストリング
string in Dutch: String
string in Russian: Струна (значения)
string in Simple English: String
string in Thai: สตริง
string in Yiddish: בענדעל

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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