Pronunciation: (bō'string"), [key]
—n., v., -stringed or -strung, -string•ing.
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. (esp. in the Ottoman Empire) a similar string for killing people by strangulation.
to strangle with a bowstring or any string or band.
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