I played first and last, and the quartette in between was performed by the stringed instruments alone.
From the distance could be heard the sound of flutes and of stringed instruments.
Night—supper over—some one twanging upon a stringed instrument of rude native origin.
That the Egyptians had stringed instruments is unquestionable.
In one of the earliest extant annals a Cruit, or stringed harp, is described as belonging to the Dashda, or Druid chieftain.
The music of stringed instruments and of laughter floated out to her.
The piano is the best protected of all the stringed instruments, being inclosed by a heavy framework, even when in use.
The double orchestra is composed of oboes, flutes, and stringed instruments.
She was wielding two mallets to play a stringed instrument that lay on its side supported by a carved-wood stand.
The door was open of that house; the stringed instrument was laid against it.
Old English streng "line, cord, thread," from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cf. Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang "rope, cord"), from *strang- "taut, stiff," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain). Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of "a number of objects arranged in a line" first recorded late 15c.
Old English meaning "ligaments, tendons" is preserved in hamstring, heartstrings. Meaning "limitations, stipulations" (1888) is American English, probably from the common April Fool's joke of leaving a purse that looks full of money on the sidewalk, then tugging it away with an attached string when someone stoops to pick it up. To pull strings "control the course of affairs" (1860) is from the notion of puppet theater. First string, second string, etc. in athletics (1863) is from archers' custom of carrying spare bowstrings in the event that one breaks. Strings "stringed instruments" is attested from mid-14c. String bean is from 1759; string bikini is from 1974.
c.1400, "to fit a bow with a string," from string (n.). Meaning "to thread (beads, etc.) on a string" is from 1610s. To string (someone) along is slang from 1902; string (v.) in this sense is attested in British dialect from c.1812.
To succeed: I worked at the problem eight days before I struck oil (1866+)