General English

  • noun a strong thin fibre used for tying up things such as parcels
  • noun one of the long pieces of fibre or wire on a musical instrument which makes a note when you hit it
  • noun one of the strong pieces of fibre which form the flat part of a tennis racket


  • noun any series of consecutive alphanumeric characters or words that are manipulated and treated as a single unit by the computer


  • A sequence of similar elements, such as bits or characters, which are treated as a unit.
  • A set of consecutive bits or characters.
  • A series or succession of circuits, stages, units, devices, equipment, or the like.


  • verb to remove the stringy fibres from fruit or vegetables before cooking or eating
  • verb to remove currants from their stalks by sliding them off between the prongs of a fork

Information & Library Science

  • noun an indexing term for a series of characters
  • noun an indexing term to describe the lists of terms compiled by an indexer with details of how they relate to each other


  • noun a thin line of twisted fibres, normally used for binding objects together

Origin & History of “string”

String is etymologically something that has been pulled ‘taut’ or ‘stiff’. It comes from a prehistoric Germanic base *strang-, denoting ‘taut, stiff’, which also produced English strong.