• IPA: /stɹɪŋ/


  1. (countable) A long, thin and flexible structure made from threads twisted together.
    • Round Ormond's knee thou tiest the mystic string.
  2. (uncountable) Such a structure considered as a substance.
  3. (countable) Any similar long, thin and flexible object.
    a violin string
    a bowstring
  4. A thread or cord on which a number of objects or parts are strung or arranged in close and orderly succession; hence, a line or series of things arranged on a thread, or as if so arranged.
    a string of shells or beads; a string of sausages
  5. (countable) A cohesive substance taking the form of a string.
    The string of spittle dangling from his chin was most unattractive
  6. (countable) A series of items or events.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, gbooks :
      In 1933, disgusted and discouraged after a string of commercial failures, Clara quit the film business forever. She was twenty-six.
    a string of successes
  7. (countable) The members of a sports team or squad regarded as most likely to achieve success. (Perhaps metaphorical as the "strings" that hold the squad together.) Often first string, second string etc.
  8. (countable) In various games and competitions, a certain number of turns at play, of rounds, etc.
  9. A drove of horses, or a group of racehorses kept by one owner or at one stable.
  10. (countable, computing) An ordered sequence of text characters stored consecutively in memory and capable of being processed as a single entity.
  11. (music, countable) A stringed instrument.
  12. (music, usually, in the plural) The stringed instruments as a section of an orchestra, especially those played by a bow, or the persons playing those instruments.
  13. (in the plural) The conditions and limitations in a contract collectively.
    no strings attached
  14. (countable, physics) The main object of study in string theory, a branch of theoretical physics.
  15. (slang) Cannabis or marijuana.
  16. (billiards) Part of the game of billiards, where the order of the play is determined by testing who can get a ball closest to the bottom rail by shooting it onto the end rail.
  17. (historical, billiards) The buttons strung on a wire by which the score is kept.
  18. (billiards, by extension) The points made in a game of billiards.
  19. (billiards, pool) The line from behind and over which the cue ball must be played after being out of play, as by being pocketed or knocked off the table; also called the string line.
  20. A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.
  21. (archaic) A fibre, as of a plant; a little fibrous root.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Duckweed putteth forth a little string into the water, from the bottom.
  22. (archaic) A nerve or tendon of an animal body.
    • , Mark 7:35
      The string of his tongue was loosed.
  23. (shipbuilding) An inside range of ceiling planks, corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and bolted to it.
  24. (botany) The tough fibrous substance that unites the valves of the pericarp of leguminous plants.
    the strings of beans
  25. (mining) A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic vein.
  26. (architecture) A stringcourse.
  27. (dated, slang) A hoax; a fake story.
  28. Synonym of stable#English|stable (“group of prostitutes managed by one pimp”)
    • 2006, Steve Niles, ‎Jeff Mariotte, 30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead (page 307)
      They were turning tricks, doing drugs, and generally little better off than they had been before, except that they were keeping more of their money. But they seemed lonely, too, without the company of their pimp and the rest of his string.
  • (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
  • See also Thesaurus:string
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: corda (in musical instrument)
  • Russian: струна́
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: clausola restrittiva, condizioni accessorie
  • Russian: усло́вие
  • French: corde
  • German: String
  • Italian: teoria delle stringhe
  • Russian: струна́
Translations Verb

string (strings, present participle stringing; past and past participle strung)

  1. (transitive) To put (items) on a string.
    You can string these beads on to this cord to make a colorful necklace.
  2. (transitive) To put strings on (something).
    It is difficult to string a tennis racket properly.
  3. (intransitive) To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.
  4. (intransitive, billiards) To drive the ball against the end of the table and back, in order to determine which player is to open the game.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: encordoar
  • Spanish: encordar

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