bowstring

[boh-string]
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:
1350–1400; Middle English bowe streng. See bow2, string

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bowstring (ˈbəʊˌstrɪŋ)
 
n
the string of an archer's bow, usually consisting of three strands of hemp

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Example sentences
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.
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