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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cord attached to both ends of an archer's bow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the string of an archer's bow
  • v. to strangle with a bowstring

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The string of a bow.
  • n. A string used by the Turks for strangling offenders.
  • transitive v. To strangle with a bowstring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with a bowstring.
  • To strangle with a bowstring.
  • n. The string of a bow, by which it is drawn and the arrow discharged.
  • n. A similar string used for strangling offenders in the Ottoman empire; hence, by metonymy, execution by strangling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the string of an archer's bow

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