American English

Definition of string noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    for tying/fastening
  1. 1[uncountable, countable] material made of several threads twisted together, used for tying things together; a piece of string used to fasten or pull something or keep something in place a piece/length of string He wrapped the package in brown paper and tied it with string. The key is hanging on a string by the door. see also drawstring, G-string, purse strings
  2. things joined
  3. 2[countable] a set or series of things that are joined together, for example on a string a string of pearls The molecules join together to form long strings.
  4. series
  5. 3[countable] a series of things or people that come closely one after another a string of hits He owns a string of racing stables.
  6. computing
  7. 4[countable] a series of characters (= letters, numbers, etc.)
  8. musical instruments
  9. 5[countable] a tightly stretched piece of wire, nylon, or catgut on a musical instrument, that produces a musical note when the instrument is played
  10. 6the strings [plural] the group of musical instruments in an orchestra that have strings, for example violins; the people who play them The opening theme is taken up by the strings. compare brass, percussion, woodwind
  11. on tennis racket
  12. 7[countable] any of the tightly stretched pieces of nylon, etc. in a racket, used for hitting balls in tennis and some other games
  13. conditions
  14. 8strings [plural] special conditions or restrictions Major loans like these always come with strings. It's a business proposition, pure and simple.No strings attached.
  15. in sport
  16. 9-string see also first-string, second-string, third-string
  17. Idioms
    (tied to) somebody's apron strings
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    (too much under) the influence and control of someone Foreign governments needing aid often cling to America's apron strings.
    have/keep somebody/something on a string (informal)
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    to be able to control someone or something and make them do what you want He doesn't even know I have him on a string.
    pull strings (for somebody) (also pull wires) (informal)
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    to use your influence in order to get an advantage for someone
    pull the strings
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    to control events or the actions of other people
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: string