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  • "The mule pulled the string of the bell."
    "The mule pulled the string of the bell."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v string add as if on a string "string these ideas together","string up these songs and you'll have a musical"
    • v string provide with strings "string my guitar"
    • v string thread on or as if on a string "string pearls on a string","the child drew glass beads on a string","thread dried cranberries"
    • v string remove the stringy parts of "string beans"
    • v string string together; tie or fasten with a string "string the package"
    • v string stretch out or arrange like a string
    • v string move or come along
    • n string stringed instruments that are played with a bow "the strings played superlatively well"
    • n string a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string of beads","a strand of pearls"
    • n string a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening "he pulled the drawstring and closed the bag"
    • n string a lightweight cord
    • n string a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed
    • n string a collection of objects threaded on a single strand
    • n string a linear sequence of symbols (characters or words or phrases)
    • n string a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding "a string of islands","train of mourners","a train of thought"
    • n string (cosmology) a hypothetical one-dimensional subatomic particle having a concentration of energy and the dynamic properties of a flexible loop
    • n string a tough piece of fiber in vegetables, meat, or other food (especially the tough fibers connecting the two halves of a bean pod)
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s foot,” was used for setting the string of a light hunting crossbow. It was found 4 miles from Jamestown. showing the use of a “goat’s foot” from _Weapons, A Pictorial History_ by Edwin Tunis Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s...
A man doffs his hat, holds a bag in his hand, and has a string attached. He forms a letter E A man doffs his hat, holds a bag in his hand, and has a string attached. He forms a letter E
Our racing correspondent writes that Mr. LLOYD GEORGE is having some difficulty with his string Our racing correspondent writes that Mr. LLOYD GEORGE is having some difficulty with his string

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average medium size piano has about 230 strings
    • String A fiber, as of a plant; a little, fibrous root. "Duckweed putteth forth a little string into the water, from the bottom."
    • String A hoax; a trumped-up or “fake” story.
    • String A nerve or tendon of an animal body. "The string of his tongue was loosed."
    • String (Physics) A one-dimensional string-like mathematical object used as a means of representing the properties of fundamental particles in string theory, one theory of particle physics; such hypothetical objects are one-dimensional and very small (10-33 cm) but exist in more than four spatial dimensions, and have various modes of vibration. Considering particles as strings avoids some of the problems of treating particles as points, and allows a unified treatment of gravity along with the other three forces (electromagnetism, the weak force, and the strong force) in a manner consistent with quantum mechanics. See also string theory.
    • String a sequence of similar objects or events sufficiently close in time or space to be perceived as a group; a string of accidents; a string of restaurants on a highway.
    • String A small cord, a line, a twine, or a slender strip of leather, or other substance, used for binding together, fastening, or tying things; a cord, larger than a thread and smaller than a rope; as, a shoe string; a bonnet string; a silken string. "Round Ormond's knee thou tiest the mystic string ."
    • String (Mining) A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic vein.
    • String A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.
    • String 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 succession; a concatenation; a chain; as, a string of shells or beads; a string of dried apples; a string of houses; a string of arguments. "A string of islands."
    • String (Billiards & Pool) Act of stringing for break.
    • String (Shipbuilding) An inside range of ceiling planks, corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and bolted to it.
    • String In various games, competitions, etc., a certain number of turns at play, of rounds, etc.
    • String In various indoor games, a score or tally, sometimes, as in American billiard games, marked by buttons threaded on a string or wire.
    • String (Arch) Same as Stringcourse.
    • String The cord of a musical instrument, as of a piano, harp, or violin; specifically (pl.), the stringed instruments of an orchestra, in distinction from the wind instruments; as, the strings took up the theme. "An instrument of ten strings .""Me softer airs befit, and softer strings Of lute, or viol still."
    • String (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; -- called also string line.
    • String The line or cord of a bow. "He twangs the grieving string ."
    • String (Billiards) The points made in a game.
    • String (Bot) The tough fibrous substance that unites the valves of the pericap of leguminous plants, and which is readily pulled off; as, the strings of beans.
    • String To deprive of strings; to strip the strings from; as, to string beans. See String n., 9.
    • v. i String To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.
    • String To furnish with strings; as, to string a violin. "Has not wise nature strung the legs and feet
      With firmest nerves, designed to walk the street?"
    • String To hoax; josh; jolly; often used with along; as, we strung him along all day until he realized we were kidding.
    • String To make tense; to strengthen. "Toil strung the nerves, and purified the blood."
    • String To put in tune the strings of, as a stringed instrument, in order to play upon it. "For here the Muse so oft her harp has strung,
      That not a mountain rears its head unsung."
    • String To put on a string; to file; as, to string beads.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason the Animal Crackers box is designed with a string handle is because when the popular circus theme was introduced in 1902 they thought it would also be a good idea to package them with a string as a Christmas novelty so they could be hung from Christmas trees
    • n string A slender cord; a thick thread; a line; a twine; a narrow band, thong, or ribbon; also, anything which ties.
    • n string A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.
    • n string The line or cord of a bow.
    • n string In musical instruments, a tightly stretched cord or wire by the vibration of which tones are produced. The materials most used are gut, as in instruments of the lute and viol families, and brass or steel, as in the mandolin, the zither, and the pianoforte, though silk is also used. Silk strings are usually, and metal strings sometimes, wound with light silver wire to increase their weight; and such strings are often called silver strings. The pitch of the tone produced depends on the density, tension, and vibrating length of the string. The vibration is produced either by plucking or twanging with the finger, by a plectrum, or by a jack, as in the lute and harp families generally, and in the harpsichord; by the friction of a bow, as iu the viol family; by a stream of air, as in the æolian harp; or by the blow of a hammer, as in the dulcimer and the pianoforte. The strings are named either by the letters of the tones to which they are tuned, or by numbers. The smallest string of several representatives of the lute and viol families is often called the chanterelle, because commonly used for the principal melody or cantus. The tuning of strings is effected usually by means of tuning-pins or -pegs, which in lutes and viols are placed in the head of the instrument, but in harps, zithers, and pianofortes in one side or rim of the frame. Not only has each instrument had a varying number of strings in different countries and at different periods, but the accordatura, or system of pitches, to which they are tuned has also varied. The vibrating length of the strings in instruments of the lute and viol families may be diminished, and the pitch of their tones raised, by pressing them with the fingers of the left hand against the finger-board. The exact places for such shortening or “stopping” are sometimes marked by frets, as in the guitar and also in the zither. The modern harp is provided with a mechanism for raising the pitch of certain sets of strings one or two semitones by means of pedals.
    • n string plural Stringed instruments, especially the stringed instruments of a band or orchestra taken collectively—that is, violins, violas, violoncellos, and double basses—in distinction from the wind and the percussives.
    • n string Something resembling a string. A tendril, or vegetable fiber; particularly, the tough substance that unites the two parts of the pericarp of leguminous plants: as, the strings of beans.
    • n string In mining, a thin seam or branch of a lode; a small vein; a fissure filled with mineral or metalliferous matter, but wanting in regularity and permanence.
    • n string A nerve or tendon of an animal body.
    • n string A cord or thread on which anything is filed; a file; also, a set of things strung on a string or file: as, a string of beads; hence, any series of persons or things connected or following in succession; a series or succession of persons, animals, or things extending in a line.
    • n string A drove or company of horses or steers; a stud.
    • n string In billiards: A number of wooden buttons strung on a wire to keep the score or tally of the game. There is a string for each player or side, one white with every fifth button black, the other the converse of this, for convenience in counting the buttons to be moved along the wire for each run made by either player or side.
    • n string The score, tally, or number of points scored by either player or side at any stage of a game: as, he made a poor string at first, but won.
    • n string A stroke made by each player from the head of the table to the opposite cushion and back, to determine, by means of the resultant positions of the balls, who shall open the game.
    • n string In architecture, a string-course.
    • n string In ship-building, the highest range of planks in a ship's ceiling, or that between the gunwale and the upper edge of the upper-deck ports.
    • n string In printing, a piece-compositor's aggregate of the proofs of types set by him, pasted on a long strip of paper. The amount of work done is determined by the measurement of this string.
    • n string The stringy albumen of an egg. See chalaza.
    • n string A hoax, or discredited story.
    • string To furnish with strings.
    • string To put in tune the strings of, as of a stringed instrument.
    • string To make tense; impart vigor to; tone. See high-strung.
    • string To fasten, suspend, or hang with a string: as, to string a parcel; to string up a dog.
    • string To thread or file on a string: as, to string beads.
    • string To prepare for use, as a bow, by bending it sufficiently to slip the bowstring into its notches, so that the string is tightly strained.
    • string To extend in a string, series, or line.
    • string To deprive of strings; strip the strings from: as, to string beans.
    • string To carve (lampreys).
    • string To stretch out into a string or strings when pulled; become stringy.
    • string To walk or move along in a string or disconnected line; straggle: as, they came stringing along.
    • string In billiards, to hit one's ball so that it will go the length of the table and back, to determine who shall open the game.
    • n string A defect sometimes observable in articles of glass, arising from a small bit of solid glass which has fallen into the melting-pot, or been taken up at the end of the blowpipe, and failed to fuse and become uniformly mixed with the rest of the material, so that a slender ridge is formed on the surface of the blown article.
    • n string In stair-building, same as string-piece.
    • string To fool or deceive.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages first appeared on the market in 1921, however, the little red string that is used to open the package did not get added until 1940.
    • n String string a small cord or slip of anything for tying, small cord, twine: a ribbon: nerve, tendon, a vegetable fibre: the chord (slender piece of wire or catgut stretched) of a musical instrument:
    • v.t String to supply with strings: to put in tune: to put on a string: to make tense or firm: to take the strings off
    • v.i String to stretch out into a long line: to form itself into strings: at billiards, to drive the ball against the end of the table and back, in order to determine which player is to open the game:—pa.t. and pa.p. strung
    • n String string (pl.) stringed instruments collectively: a cord on which things are filed, a succession or series of things: a drove of horses: in billiards, the buttons strung on a wire by which the score is kept, the score itself: an expedient, object in view or of pursuit: the highest range of planks in a ship's ceiling
    • ***


  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!”
  • Charles Dickens
    “There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.”
  • Pele
    “Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”
  • Persian Proverb
    Persian Proverb
    “He who has been bitten by a snake fears a piece of string.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Marriage is like a violin. After the music is over, you still have the strings.”


Apron strings - A man who is tied to a woman's apron strings is excessively dependent on her, especially when it is his mother's apron strings.
How long is a piece of string - If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask 'How long is a piece of string?' as a way of indicating their ignorance.
More than one string to their bow - A person who has more than one string to their bow has different talents or skills to fall back on.
No strings attached - If something has no strings attached, there are no obligations or requirements involved.
Pull strings - If you pull strings, you use contacts you have got to help you get what you want.
Tied to your mother's apron strings - Describes a child (often a boy) who is so used to his mother's care that he (or she) cannot do anything on his (or her) own.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. string, streng, AS. streng,; akin to D. streng, G. strang, Icel. strengr, Sw. sträng, Dan. stræng,; probably from the adj., E. strong,see Strong); or perhaps originally meaning, twisted, and akin to E. strangle,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strenge, cord—strang, strong; Dut. streng, Ice. strengr, Ger. strang; conn. with L. stringĕre, to draw tight.


In literature:

A string of llamas, when on a journey, is a very interesting spectacle.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
There's a string tied to it.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
He took some time to tune it; and had something to say concerning damp air and the strings.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
By using a string or tape-line, find its diameter and how big it is around.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
She asked a string of questions that I thought were almost impertinent.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Annetta saw that there was no light in the room, for the hole through which the latch-string hung was worn wide with use.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
On the inside there is a window-shutter, and a string hangs down into the apartment, by means of which the shutter can be opened or closed.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
There is one detail to be noticed, however, that of boring the hole for the reception of the string.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
White men did not kill each other for a string of glass beads.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
But what were the strings?
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
And so, string by string, he parted with all his gains.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
John held the strings of course.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Sometimes a bow is set with poisoned arrows, and a cord attached to the string.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
As she walked home, carrying the fish on a string, she met Sammy.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
He threw it into position and ran the bow over the strings.
"The Arkansaw Bear" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Some of the strings are naturally higher than others; the highest is a smaller, finer string than the lowest.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Now suppose we had two different strings, say a piano string in the piano and a violin string on its proper mounting.
"Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son" by John Mills
Strings will sup with Strings.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
Observe the instructions given before for stringing warp strings in pairs.
"Hand-Loom Weaving" by Mattie Phipps Todd
If the cylinder only contains five chambers, then the ten-shot strings may be shot in two strings of five each.
"Pistol and Revolver Shooting" by A. L. A. Himmelwright

In poetry:

One hymn more, O my lyre!
Praise to the God above,
Of joy and life and love,
Sweeping its strings of fire!
"Hymns From The French Of Lamartine" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Before I learn another note
I may forget and go,
So while my hand is light and sure
I play on the strings I know.
"The Harp" by Aline Murray Kilmer
Your harps, ye trembling saints,
Down from the willows take;
Loud to the praise of love divine
Bid every string awake.
"Your Harps, Ye Trembling Saints" by Augustus Montague Toplady
O, Master, since the gentle Stenhouse died
And left the void that none can ever fill,
One harp at least has sorrow thrown aside,
Its strings all broken, and its notes all still.
"John Bede Polding" by Henry Kendall
I have no secrets from thee, lyre sublime,
My lyre whereof I make my melody.
I sing one way like the west wind through thee,
With my whole heart, and hear thy sweet strings chime.
"The Poet To Nature" by Alice Meynell
Then lifting the lyre, and with every feeling
Sublimed as with love, she awakened the strings,
And the while, as it seemed, into being came stealing
The motion and light of angelical wings.
"The Dream" by Charles Harpur

In news:

An internal investigation is under way against the Los Angeles police officer who solved a string of burglaries in the so-called "Bling Ring" celebrity break-ins case.
Latest in string of disasters in the country's space program.
An unusually-linked string of events turned up in the state courts system today.
"Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up".
String Quartet #15 in G, D 887.
How much will the latest string of bad news about Nathan Deal affect his campaign for governor.
18-year-old Rachel Lee (left) is believed to be the mastermind behind a string of recent Hollywood burglaries, targeting Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and "Hills" star Audrina Patridge, among others.
Few security practices are as problematic as that nasty old string of bits known as a password.
Between the feathers of the Swan and the strings of the Harp, the abundant field of the northern Milky Way awaits.
String Theory 11pm - 12am.
Yet this new well, called Atrush-2, is just one in a string of gushers found in northern Iraq in recent years, and it follows on the success of Atrush-1, about a mile and a half away.
The Hacienda Grill Restaurant will host a fundraiser this Wednesday, November 16th for the Bear Valley Unified School Districts School Strings Program.
The strings program which currently has 110 students enrolled, is now 100% self funded, after district wide budget cuts.
A severe storm that moved through Georgetown County between 5 and 6 pm this evening produced heavy rain, string winds and hail in some areas.
The disciplinary action came too late, though, to ward off a string of lawsuits from women alleging that Paolino had harassed them.

In science:

Consider then an (N, 1) string, i.e., a bound state of a D-string and N fundamental strings.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
These theories can be formulated as a decoupling limit of bound states of D-strings and fundamental strings in type IIB string theory.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
The String Handler organizes the whole string generation, the output of the strings into libraries and their calculation.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
This formula shows that the size of string is of the order of √α′ (it grows very slowly with energy), which justifies the interpretation of the only dimensional parameter of string theory α′ as a square of string length.
String Theory or Field Theory?
We interpret this as an instability of excited single-string states in the dual string theory for decay into the continuum of degenerate 3-string states.
Instability and Degeneracy in the BMN Correspondence
Here, on the string theory side there are three parameters: The AdS radius R, the string scale ls and the string coupling 1/N .
Holography and Brane-bulk Energy Exchange
Taking e.g. χ = 2, m = n = 1, which is a Y -string coaxial with a heterotic string, the monopole (12) at the end of the heterotic string has unit flux with respect to Y, and so unwinds the n = 1 Y field and terminates the Y -string along with the heterotic string.
Open Heterotic Strings
String field theory is the only string formalism developed so far which, in principle, has the potential to systematically address questions involving multiple asymptotically distinct string backgrounds.
String Field Theory
None of the existing formulations of string theory can be used to describe physics in such a space-time, however, existing tools in string theory and field theory suggest that string theory has a large number of metastable local minima with positive cosmological constants.
String Field Theory
The basic idea of string field theory is to reformulate string theory in the target space-time, rather than on the world sheet, as an off-shell theory of the infinite number of fields associated with the states in the string Fock space.
String Field Theory
One apparent problem for the open bosonic string and the associated string field theory is the open string tachyon.
String Field Theory
It should then in principle be possible to compute closed string scattering amplitudes using OSFT. A much more challenging problem, however, is turning on nonperturbative deformations of closed string fields in the open string language.
String Field Theory
For example, it must be the case that the string field theory defined with string coupling g has a background described by a certain field configuration Ψ′, such that expanding the theory around this background gives a theory equivalent to the SFT defined in a background with a different string coupling g ′ .
String Field Theory
Zwiebach’s closed bosonic string field theory can be used to study the decay of a closed string tachyon in a situation parallel to the open string tachyon discussed in the previous section.
String Field Theory
We performed simulation experiments with various conditions on the number of strings, the number of marks on each string, the length of each string, and the size of the two-dimensional square grid.
Delayed Random Walks and Control