1. a thin length of cord, twine, fibre, or similar material used for tying, hanging, binding, etc.
2. a tough fibre or cord in a plant
3. Music a tightly stretched wire, cord, etc., found on stringed instruments, such as the violin, guitar, and piano
5. Architect short for stringer (sense 1)
6. Maths linguistics a sequence of symbols or words
7. Physics a one-dimensional entity postulated to be a fundamental component of matter in some theories of particle physics
another word for lag
9. a group of characters that can be treated as a unit by a computer program
a. violins, violas, cellos, and double basses collectively
b. the section of a symphony orchestra constituted by such instruments
11. composed of stringlike strands woven in a large mesh
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In a stair, an inclined board that supports the end of the steps; also called a stringer.
An outer string, usually of better material or finish than the rough string which it covers; may be part of the actual construction or applied to the face of the supporting member.
The string at the outer and exposed edge of a stair, away from the wall.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(1) In vibration theory, a string is a thin, flexible, tightly stretched fiber whose density is uniformly distributed along its length. When the string is excited by, for example, being struck or plucked, it begins executing vibrational motions, in which all parts of the string are displaced in the transverse direction. Any vibration of a string can be represented as the sum of natural harmonic vibrations of the string. The frequencies f of these harmonic vibrations depend on the length l of the string, the cross-sectional area S, the tension Q, the density ρ of the string material, and the conditions of attachment of the ends of the string. For a string fastened to rigid supports, the frequency of the nth harmonic is
where n is a whole number. The displacement distribution at the initial moment—that is, the means by which the string is excited—determines the spectrum of the excited natural vibrations. A string is the simplest distributed-constant vibrational system and is often used to illustrate the oscillations of more complex mechanical, acoustic, and electrical systems.
(2) In music, a string is the source of sound vibrations in a number of musical instruments. The timbre of the sound of a string is determined by the vibrational mode of the string—that is, by the spectrum of the excited natural vibrations. In antiquity, strings were made from tree bark, plant fibers, and animal hairs (primarily horsehairs). In modern musical instruments, steel strings are used for the most part; gut strings, silk strings, and strings made from synthetic fibers (nylon) are used less often. To obtain low tones when the length of the string is limited, the string is made in the form of a thin fiber around which one or two layers of soft metal wire are wound.
Strings are also used in some electroacoustical devices.
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What does it mean when you dream about string?
Dreaming about string often refers to something that needs to be secured or mended, particularly a relationship or some other situation. There are, however, many idiomatic expressions containing the word “string,” and a dream could be alluding to one of these meanings: “purse strings,” “to string someone along,” “first string,” “no strings attached,” “pull some strings,” etc.
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A set of consecutive, adjacent items of similar type; normally a bit string or a character string.
A piece of pipe, casing, or other down-hole drilling equipment coupled together and lowered into a borehole.
A very small vein, either independent or occurring as a branch of a larger vein. Also known as stringer.
One of the space curves that form a braid.
A solid body whose length is many times as large as any of its cross-sectional dimensions, and which has no stiffness.
A proposed structure for elementary particles, consisting of a one-dimensional curve with zero thickness and length typically of the order of the Planck length, 10-35 m.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
In a stair, an inclined board which supports the end of the steps; also called a stringer.
2. In a lattice roof truss, a horizontal tie.
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A sequence of data
values, usually bytes,
which usually stand for characters (a "character string").
between values and characters is determined by
the character set
which is itself specified implcitly or
explicitly by the environment in which the string is being
The most common character set is ASCII
but, since the late
1990s, there has been increased interest in larger character
sets such as Unicode
where each character is represented by
more than eight bits.
Most programming languages consider strings (e.g.
"124:shabooya:\n", "hello world") basically distinct from
numbers which are typically stored in fixed-length binary
A bit string
is a sequence of bits.
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stringA set of contiguous alphanumeric characters. Strings are text, such as names, addresses and descriptions. Although a string may include numeric digits, the digits cannot be calculated within the string. They have to be copied out of the string into a numeric structure. Contrast with numeric data. See string literal, string handling and account number.
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