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

  • n. The group of players that substitute for the starting players or from which substitute players are drawn on a sports team.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of players which is considered to have a secondary level of talent and which usually plays after the first string.
  • adj. Not as good; of a lower quality or condition.

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

  • n. a squad of players that are available either individually or as a team to relieve or replace the players who started the game


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  • Calling Turk, and seriously enjoining obedience, he seated the monkey on his back, securing it there with a cord, and then putting a second string round the dog’s neck that he might lead him, he put a loop of the knot into the comical rider’s hand, saying gravely, ‘Having slain the parent, Mr Turk, you will please to carry the son.’

    Swiss Family Robinson

  • He was elected a prefect class officer at his school, and through much hard work, he made the honor roll and was named all-city second string in basketball—quite an honor in a city like Washington.

    Barbara Bush


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