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1material consisting of threads of cotton, hemp, or other material twisted together to form a thin length. a piece of string used to tie around or attach to something. a piece of catgut or similar material interwoven with others to form the head of a sports racket. a length of catgut or wire on a musical instrument, producing a note by vibration.
) the stringed instruments in an orchestra.
[as modifier] of, relating to, or consisting of stringed instruments:a string quartet 2a set of things tied or threaded together on a thin cord:she wore a string of agates around her throat a sequence of similar items or events:a string of burglaries Computing a linear sequence of characters, words, or other data. a group of racehorses trained at one stable. a team or player holding a specified position in an order of preference:Gary was first string on the varsity football team 3a tough piece of fiber in vegetables, meat, or other food, such as a tough elongated piece connecting the two halves of a bean pod.
5a hypothetical one-dimensional subatomic particle having the dynamical properties of a flexible loop. (also cosmic string) (in cosmology) a hypothetical threadlike concentration of energy within the structure of space-time.
verb (pastand past participle strung /strəNG/)
1 [with object] hang (something) so that it stretches in a long line:lights were strung across the promenade thread (a series of small objects) on a string:he collected stones with holes in them and strung them on a strong cord
) be arranged in a long line:the houses were strung along the road
(string something together
) add items to one another to form a series or coherent whole:he can’t string two sentences together
2 [with object] fit a string or strings to (a musical instrument, a racket, or a bow):the harp had been newly strung 3 [with object] remove the strings from (a bean).