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[boh-string] /ˈboʊˌstrɪŋ/
the string of an archer's bow.
a string, typically of horsehair, for the bow of an instrument of the violin and viol families.
(especially in the Ottoman Empire) a similar string for killing people by strangulation.
verb (used with object), bowstringed or bowstrung, bowstringing.
to strangle with a bowstring or any string or band.
Origin of bowstring
1350-1400; Middle English bowe streng. See bow2, string Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bowstring
  • Compound bow is a bow that is equipped with a cam type wheel and cable system instead of a single bowstring.
  • The steel sash ventilator windows and metal bowstring truss roof provide interesting space for adaptive reuse as a retail center.
  • Each student shoots the same type of bow and cannot use shooting aids, such as sights or bowstring releases.
  • Farmer is unique among outdoor show hosts because he pulls his bowstring back with his teeth.
  • Compound or long bow: an arrow is nocked on the bowstring.
  • As she drew back the bowstring and launched the arrow she noticed a breeze blowing across the archery range.
  • One hand shall hold the bow and the other hand draw the bowstring.
British Dictionary definitions for bowstring


the string of an archer's bow, usually consisting of three strands of hemp
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