STRING, a general term for thin cord, or stout thread, a line or cord on which objects are strung. The O. Eng. word is streng, cf. Dan. streng, Ger. Strong, and meant that which is strongly or tightly twisted; it is related to "strong," and is to be referred to the root seen also in Lat. stringere, to draw tight, whence "stringent" and "strict, "and inGr. orpa77aX77,a halter, whence comes " strangle," to choke, throttle. The word is particularly used of the cord of a bow, and of the stretched cords of gut and wire upon a musical instrument, the vibration of which produces the tones (see STRINGED INSTRUMENTS below). In architecture the term " string-course " is applied to the projecting course or moulding running horizontally along the face of a building.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)