Origin: Strung; Strung (Stringed); Stringing.
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. 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. A string of islands.
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. An instrument of ten strings. Me softer airs befit, and softer strings Of lute, or viol still. (milton)
11. Same as Stringcourse.
12. The points made in a game. String band, a band of musicians using only, or chiefly, stringed instruments. String beans. A dish prepared from the unripe pods of several kinds of beans; so called because the strings are stripped off. 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.
Origin: OE. String, streng, AS. Streng; akin to D. Streng, G. Strang, Icel. Strengr, Sw. Strang, Dan. Straeng; probably from the adj, E. Strong (see Strong); or perhaps originally meaning, twisted, and akin to E. Strangle.
Source: Websters Dictionary