(Strik"ing), a. Affecting with strong emotions; surprising; forcible; impressive; very noticeable; as, a
striking representation or image; a striking resemblance. "A striking fact." De Quincey. Strik"ing*ly,
adv. Strik"ing*ness, n.
(Strik"le) n. See Strickle.
(String) n. [OE. string, streng, AS. streng; akin to D. streng, G. strang, Icel. strengr, Sw.
sträng, Dan. stræng; 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. "A string of islands." 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 the stringed instruments of
an orchestra, in distinction from the wind instruments; as, the strings took up the theme. "An instrument
of ten strings." Ps. xxx. iii. 2.
Me softer airs befit, and softer stringsMilton.
Of lute, or viol still.
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.