- string [striŋ]n.[ME streng < OE, akin to Ger strang: see STRONG]1.a) a thin line of twisted fiber used for tying, pulling, fastening, etc.; slender cord or thick threadb) a narrow strip of leather or cloth for fastening shoes, clothing, etc.; lace [apron strings]2. a length or loop of like things threaded, strung, or hung on a string [a string of pearls]3.a) a number of things arranged in a line or row [a string of houses]b) any series of things in close or uninterrupted succession [a string of victories]c) a number of racehorses belonging to one ownerd) a number of business enterprises under one ownership or management [a string of gift shops ]☆ 4. any of the groupings of players on a team according to ability the first string is more skilled than the second string, etc.5.a) a slender cord of wire, gut, nylon, etc. stretched on a musical instrument and bowed, plucked, or struck to make a musical soundb) [pl.] all the stringed instruments of an orchestra, quintet, etc. played with a bowc) [pl.] the players of such instruments6. a strong, slender organ, structure, etc. resembling a string; specif.,a) Archaic an animal nerve or tendonb) a fiber of a plant, esp. one connecting the two halves of a bean pod☆ 7. Informal a condition, limitation, or proviso attached to a plan, offer, donation, etc. usually used in pl.8. Archit.a) one of the inclined boards under a stairs, notched to support the treads and risersb) STRINGCOURSE☆ 9. Billiardsa) a line indicated but unmarked across the table at one end, from behind which the cue ball must be played after being out of play: in full string lineb) the act of stroking the cue ball so that it rebounds from the far cushion to stop as close as possible to the string line, for determining the order of play10. Particle Physics in string theory, any of various extremely tiny, one-dimensional, vibrating stringlike particles thought to be the basic units of mattervt.strung, stringing1. to fit or provide with a string or strings [to string a longbow, a violin, etc.]2. to thread or bead on a string3. to tie, pull, fasten, hang, lace, etc. with a string or strings4. to adjust or tune the strings of (a musical instrument) by tightening, etc.5. to make tense, nervous, or keyed (up)6. to remove the strings from (beans, etc.)7. to arrange or set forth in a row or successive series8. to stretch or extend like a string [to string a cable]vi.1. to form into a string or strings2. to stretch out in a line; extend; stretch; move or progress in a string3. to serve as a stringer (for a newspaper, magazine, etc.)4. Billiards LAG1 (vi. 4)adj.of or composed for stringed instruments [string quartet]——————on a string or on the stringcompletely under one's control or subject to one's whims——————pull strings1. to get someone to use influence in one's behalf, often secretly2. to direct action of others, often secretly——————☆ string along Informal1. to follow faithfully or accept trustingly2. to go along or agree3. to fool, trick, or keep in an uncertain state, as by promises——————string upInformal to kill by hangingstringlessadj.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.