Definition of bowstring in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊstrɪŋ


  • The string of an archer’s bow, traditionally made of three strands of hemp.
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    • Always use the manufacturer's recommended number of strands in the bowstring for the draw weight of the bow.
    • Split the bowstring strands at the marked location in line with the bow.
    • To release the arrow correctly, the fingers holding the bowstring must allow the string to slip off the fingers.

verb (past and past participle bowstrung)

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  • Strangle with a bowstring (a former Turkish method of execution).
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    • "We shall all be bowstrung if his excellency thinks us wanting in respect."
    • The grand vizier was sent for by the sultan, dismissed, and bowstrung the next day.
    • The few that may have fled from the provinces would have been leaderless since all the provincial officers were bowstrung by the Sultan's prearranged orders.

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