from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Material made of drawn-out, twisted fiber, used for fastening, tying, or lacing.
  • noun A strand or cord of such material.
  • noun A cord stretched on an instrument and struck, plucked, or bowed to produce tones.
  • noun The section of a band or orchestra composed of stringed instruments, especially violins, violas, cellos, and double basses.
  • noun Stringed instruments or their players considered as a group.
  • noun Something resembling a string or appearing as a long, thin line.
  • noun A plant fiber.
  • noun Physics One of the extremely minute objects that form the basis of string theory.
  • noun A set of objects threaded together or attached on a string.
  • noun A number of objects arranged in a line.
  • noun Computers A set of consecutive characters.
  • noun A series of similar or related acts, events, or items: synonym: series.
  • noun A set of animals, especially racehorses, belonging to a single owner; a stable.
  • noun A scattered group of businesses under a single ownership or management.
  • noun A group of players ranked according to ability within a team.
  • noun A complete game consisting of ten frames in bowling.
  • noun A stringboard.
  • noun A stringcourse.
  • noun Games The balk line in billiards.
  • noun Informal A limiting or hidden condition. Often used in the plural.
  • intransitive verb To fit or furnish with strings or a string.
  • intransitive verb To stretch out or extend.
  • intransitive verb To thread on a string.
  • intransitive verb To arrange in a line or series.
  • intransitive verb To fasten, tie, or hang with a string or strings.
  • intransitive verb To strip (vegetables) of fibers.
  • intransitive verb To extend or progress in a string, line, or succession.
  • idiom (on a/the) Under one's complete control or influence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fool or deceive.
  • noun A slender cord; a thick thread; a line; a twine; a narrow band, thong, or ribbon; also, anything which ties.
  • noun A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.
  • noun The line or cord of a bow.
  • noun In musical instruments, a tightly stretched cord or wire by the vibration of which tones are produced.
  • noun plural Stringed instruments, especially the stringed instruments of a band or orchestra taken collectively—that is, violins, violas, violoncellos, and double basses—in distinction from the wind and the percussives.
  • noun Something resembling a string.
  • noun In mining, a thin seam or branch of a lode; a small vein; a fissure filled with mineral or metalliferous matter, but wanting in regularity and permanence.
  • noun A nerve or tendon of an animal body.
  • noun A cord or thread on which anything is filed; a file; also, a set of things strung on a string or file: as, a string of beads; hence, any series of persons or things connected or following in succession; a series or succession of persons, animals, or things extending in a line.
  • noun A drove or company of horses or steers; a stud.


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

Middle English, from Old English streng.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English string, streng, strynge, from 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"; < Ancient Greek στραγγαλᾶν (strangalan, "to strangle"), from στραγγάλη (strangálē, "halter")), Ancient Greek στραγγός (strangós, "tied together, entangled, twisted"), Irish sreang ("string, wire").


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