bowstring [boh-string] ExamplesWord Origin 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), bow·stringed or bow·strung, bow·string·ing.

  1. to strangle with a bowstring or any string or band.

Origin of bowstring First recorded in 1350–1400, bowstring is from the Middle English word bowe streng. See bow2, string Examples from the Web for bowstring Historical Examples of bowstring

  • By the bowstring of my fathers, but that would be a great and worthy killing!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 30, 1914


  • Get ye gone, or the bastinado and the bowstring shall be your portion.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • He must not beat her or strangle her with a bowstring or drop her into the Bosporus.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • He broke his bowstring, and his hand was numbed at the wrist-joint.

    The Iliad of Homer (1873)


  • As the sound was not repeated, he strode in among the trees, setting an arrow against the bowstring.

    Hawk Eye

    David Cory

  • British Dictionary definitions for bowstring bowstring noun

    1. the string of an archer’s bow, usually consisting of three strands of hemp

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