• (GA) IPA: /ˈboʊstɹɪŋ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈbəʊstɹɪŋ/

bowstring (plural bowstrings)

  1. The string of an archer's bow.
  2. (historical) The string of an archer's bow, as used by the Turks for strangling offenders.
  • French: corde
  • German: Bogensehne
  • Portuguese: corda de arco
  • Russian: тетива́
  • Spanish: cuerda

bowstring (bowstrings, present participle bowstringing; past and past participle bowstrung)

  1. (transitive) To strangle with a bowstring.
    • 1850, Edgar Allan Poe, "The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade":
      When the day broke […] it was high time for her to get up and be bowstrung—a thing very little more pleasant than hanging, only a trifle more genteel.

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