a strong thread made of several threads twisted together, used for tying or fastening things [↪ rope]:
thread[uncountable and countable]D
Her key hung on a string around her neck.
a ball of string
I need a piece of string to tie this package.
a number of similar things or events coming one after another [= series]
a string of hit albums
a group of similar things
She owns a string of health clubs.
a group of letters, words, or numbers, especially in a computer program
having no special conditions or limits on an agreement, relationship etc:
The policy offers 15% interest with no strings attached.
several objects of the same type connected with a thread, chain etc
one of the long thin pieces of wire, nylon etc that is stretched across a musical instrument and produces sound
the people in an orchestra or band who play musical instruments that have strings, such as violins
relating to or being a member of a team or group with the highest, second highest etc level of skill:
a first-string quarterback
to be able to make someone do whatever you want:
Susie has her mother on a string.
8 British English
to have more than one skill, idea, plan etc that you can use if you need to