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bowstring

[boh-string] /ˈboʊˌstrɪŋ/
noun
1.
the string of an archer's bow.
2.
a string, typically of horsehair, for the bow of an instrument of the violin and viol families.
3.
(especially in the Ottoman Empire) a similar string for killing people by strangulation.
verb (used with object), bowstringed or bowstrung, bowstringing.
4.
to strangle with a bowstring or any string or band.
Origin of bowstring
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English bowe streng. See bow2, string
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  • The point of starting this serving is two and one-half inches above the center of the bowstring.

  • Get ye gone, or the bastinado and the bowstring shall be your portion.

  • He has a French cook, but he retains the kurbash; he puts up telephones, but he does not give up the bowstring.

    The Rulers of the Mediterranean Richard Harding Davis
  • He broke his bowstring, and his hand was numbed at the wrist-joint.

  • He was at tension, like a bowstring that is stretched continually.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • As the sound was not repeated, he strode in among the trees, setting an arrow against the bowstring.

    Hawk Eye David Cory
  • He had squatted there and waited, taut as a bowstring, to find out whether the Filippeschi would attack.

  • There was no other gate, and the highway soon became as straight as a bowstring.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • Yet with that low voice for their bowstring they gave him comfort.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • The King lost his temper and threatened Ulf with an arrow on his bowstring.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
British Dictionary definitions for bowstring

bowstring

/ˈbəʊˌstrɪŋ/
noun
1.
the string of an archer's bow, usually consisting of three strands of hemp
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