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Definition of String


  1. In various indoor games, a score or tally, sometimes, as in American billiard games, marked by buttons threaded on a string or wire.
  2. In various games, competitions, etc., a certain number of turns at play, of rounds, etc.
  3. 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.
  4. Act of stringing for break.
  5. A hoax; a trumped-up or "fake" story.
  6. To hoax; josh; jolly.
  7. To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.
  11. 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.
  12. The line or cord of a bow.
  13. A fiber, as of a plant; a little, fibrous root.
  14. A nerve or tendon of an animal body.
  15. An inside range of ceiling planks, corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and bolted to it.
  16. 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.
  17. A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic vein.
  18. Same as Stringcourse.
  19. The points made in a game.
  20. To furnish with strings; as, to string a violin.
  21. To put in tune the strings of, as a stringed instrument, in order to play upon it.
  22. To put on a string; to file; as, to string beads.
  23. To make tense; to strengthen.
  24. To deprive of strings; to strip the strings from; as, to string beans. See String, n., 9.

String Quotations

We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
Charles R. Swindoll

I remember as a kid having a balloon and accidentally letting the string go and watching it just float off and into the sky until it disappeared. And there's something about that, even, that feels very much like what life is, you know, that it's fleeting, and it's temporal.
Pete Docter

In string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics is the harmonies on the string; chemistry is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe is a symphony of strings, and the 'Mind of God' is cosmic music resonating in 11-dimensional hyperspace.
Michio Kaku

String theory has the potential to show that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe - from the frantic dance of subatomic quarks to the stately waltz of orbiting binary stars; from the primordial fireball of the big bang to the majestic swirl of heavenly galaxies - are reflections of one, grand physical principle, one master equation.
Brian Greene

For bedtime reading, I usually curl up with a good monograph on quantum physics or string theory, my specialty. But since I was a child, I have been fascinated by science fiction. My all-time favorite is 'The Foundation Trilogy,' by Isaac Asimov.
Michio Kaku
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String Translations

string in Danish is snor, reb
string in Dutch is koorde, stemband, snaar
string in German is Zeichenfolge, aufreihen, bespannen (mit Saiten)
string in Italian is spago, cordicella
string in Latin is ligamen, funiculus
string in Norwegian is reip, tau
string in Portuguese is corda
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