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Meaning of BOWSTRING

Pronunciation:  'bow`string

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the string of an archer's bow

BOWSTRING is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: bow, cord



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bow"string`\, n.
    1. The string of a bow.
    2. A string used by the Turks for strangling offenders.
    {Bowstring bridge}, a bridge formed of an arch of timber or
       iron, often braced, the thrust of which is resisted by a
       tie forming a chord of the arch.
    {Bowstring girder}, an arched beam strengthened by a tie
       connecting its two ends.
    {Bowstring hemp} (Bot.), the tenacious fiber of the
       {Sanseviera Zeylanica}, growing in India and Africa, from
       which bowstrings are made. --Balfour.
  2. \Bow"string`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bowstringed}or
    {Bowstrung}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bowstringing}.]
    To strangle with a bowstring.