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English Dictionary: string by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
string
n
  1. a lightweight cord
    Synonym(s): string, twine
  2. stringed instruments that are played with a bow; "the strings played superlatively well"
    Synonym(s): bowed stringed instrument, string
  3. a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed
  4. 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"
    Synonym(s): string, train
  5. a linear sequence of symbols (characters or words or phrases)
  6. a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening; "he pulled the drawstring and closed the bag"
    Synonym(s): drawstring, drawing string, string
  7. a tough piece of fiber in vegetables, meat, or other food (especially the tough fibers connecting the two halves of a bean pod)
  8. (cosmology) a hypothetical one-dimensional subatomic particle having a concentration of energy and the dynamic properties of a flexible loop
    Synonym(s): string, cosmic string
  9. a collection of objects threaded on a single strand
  10. a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string of beads"; "a strand of pearls";
    Synonym(s): chain, string, strand
v
  1. thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries"
    Synonym(s): string, thread, draw
  2. add as if on a string; "string these ideas together"; "string up these songs and you'll have a musical"
    Synonym(s): string, string up
  3. move or come along
    Synonym(s): string, string along
  4. stretch out or arrange like a string
  5. string together; tie or fasten with a string; "string the package"
  6. remove the stringy parts of; "string beans"
  7. provide with strings; "string my guitar"
    Antonym(s): unstring
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   String \String\, n.
      1.
            (a) In various indoor games, a score or tally, sometimes,
                  as in American billiard games, marked by buttons
                  threaded on a string or wire.
            (b) In various games, competitions, etc., a certain number
                  of turns at play, of rounds, etc.
  
      2. (Billiards & Pool)
            (a) 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}.
            (b) Act of stringing for break.
  
      3. A hoax; a trumped-up or [bd]fake[b8] story. [Slang]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   String \String\, v. t.
      To hoax; josh; jolly. [Slang]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   String \String\, v. i.
      To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is
      stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   String \String\ (str[icr]ng), n. [OE. string, streng, AS.
      streng; akin to D. streng, G. strang, Icel. strengr, Sw.
      str[84]ng, Dan. str[91]ng; probably from the adj., E. strong
      (see {Strong}); or perhaps originally meaning, twisted, and
      akin to E. strangle.]
      1. 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. --Shak.
  
                     Round Ormond's knee thou tiest the mystic string.
                                                                              --Prior.
  
      2. 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. [bd]A string of
            islands.[b8] --Gibbon.
  
      3. A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are
            held together. --Milton.
  
      4. 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. [bd]An instrument of ten
            strings.[b8] --Ps. xxx. iii. 2.
  
                     Me softer airs befit, and softer strings Of lute, or
                     viol still.                                       --Milton.
  
      5. The line or cord of a bow. --Ps. xi. 2.
  
                     He twangs the grieving string.            --Pope.
  
      6. A fiber, as of a plant; a little, fibrous root.
  
                     Duckweed putteth forth a little string into the
                     water, from the bottom.                     --Bacon.
  
      7. A nerve or tendon of an animal body.
  
                     The string of his tongue was loosed.   --Mark vii.
                                                                              35.
  
      8. (Shipbuilding) An inside range of ceiling planks,
            corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and
            bolted to it.
  
      9. (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.
  
      10. (Mining) A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic
            vein. --Ure.
  
      11. (Arch.) Same as {Stringcourse}.
  
      12. (Billiards) The points made in a game.
  
      {String band} (Mus.), a band of musicians using only, or
            chiefly, stringed instruments.
  
      {String beans}.
            (a) A dish prepared from the unripe pods of several kinds
                  of beans; -- so called because the strings are
                  stripped off.
            (b) Any kind of beans in which the pods are used for
                  cooking before the seeds are ripe; usually, the low
                  bush bean.
  
      {To have two strings to one's bow}, to have a means or
            expedient in reserve in case the one employed fails.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   String \String\ (str[icr]ng), v. t. [imp. {Strung} (str[ucr]ng);
      p. p. {Strung} (R. {Stringed} (str[icr]ngd)); p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Stringing}.]
      1. 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? --Gay.
  
      2. 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. --Addison.
  
      3. To put on a string; to file; as, to string beads.
  
      4. To make tense; to strengthen.
  
                     Toil strung the nerves, and purified the blood.
                                                                              --Dryden.
  
      5. To deprive of strings; to strip the strings from; as, to
            string beans. See {String}, n., 9.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   string
  
      A sequence of {data} values, usually {bytes},
      which usually stand for {characters} (a "character string").
      The {mapping} between values and characters is determined by
      the {character set} which is itself specified implcitly or
      explicitly by the environment in which the string is being
      interpreted.
  
      The most common character set is {ASCII} but, since the late
      1990s, there has been increased interest in larger character
      sets such as {Unicode} where each character is represented by
      more than eight {bits}.
  
      Most programming languages consider strings (e.g.
      "124:shabooya:\n", "hello world") basically distinct from
      numbers which are typically stored in fixed-length {binary} or
      {floating-point} representation.
  
      A {bit string} is a sequence of {bit}s.
  
      (1999-12-21)
  
  
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