• WordNet 3.6
    • n bowstring the string of an archer's bow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bowstring A string used by the Turks for strangling offenders.
    • Bowstring The string of a bow.
    • v. t Bowstring To strangle with a bowstring.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bowstring The string of a bow, by which it is drawn and the arrow discharged. Bowstrings are made of many materials, a very common one being rawhide, which does not stretch easily. Bows from western Africa have the strings of twisted or plaited cane; those of the Hindus are frequently of silk, not twisted, but of parallel threads bound together at intervals.
    • n bowstring A similar string used for strangling offenders in the Ottoman empire; hence, by metonymy, execution by strangling.
    • bowstring To furnish with a bowstring.
    • bowstring To strangle with a bowstring.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bowstring the string by which a bow is drawn: a string with which the Turks strangled offenders
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. boga; cog. with Ger. bogen.


In literature:

Let me remove this jewelled chain from my neck, now superseded by the bowstring.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Seeing this, the savages stopped, hastily fitted arrows to their bowstrings and discharged them, the one at Hengler, the other at Leif.
"The Norsemen in the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Then he made a noose of a bowstring, setting it where the footprints were commonly seen.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
Snap, snap, snap, went the bowstrings on all sides.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
He broke his bowstring, and his hand was numbed at the wrist-joint.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Where did he obtain the bowstring?
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
Take warning, pasha; for the bowstring may be used at last.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Who dares laugh at Love shall hear Love laughing last, As forth from his bowstring barbed arrows are cast.
"Three Women" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The hawser was as taut as a bowstring and the current so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
See that you come not back to me nor to your young son until the bowstring is frayed asunder.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin

In poetry:

The moment of achievement caught
Twixt sport and torment…
A singing bowstring shuddering taut,
A stubborn bow bent.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
The Sultan spake, and then was dumb.
The Mufti looked about the room,
And straight made answer to his lord.
Fearing the bowstring at each word:
"The Way To Heaven" by John Hay
Now they have tane brave Hobie Noble,
Wi' his ain bowstring they band him sae;
And I wat heart was ne'er sae sair,
As when his ain five band him on the brae.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
Swift as bowstring speeds a shaft,
Through the camp was spread the rumor,
And the soldiers, as they quaffed
Flemish beer at dinner, laughed
At the Emperor's pleasant humor.
"The Emperor's Bird's-Nest. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Oh, Sultan, oh, Sultan, though oft for the bag
And the bowstring, like thee, I am tempted to call —
Though drowning's too good for each blue-stocking hag,
I would bag this she Benthamite first of them all!
"Ode to the Sublime Porte" by Thomas Moore

In news:

Invasive Faucet Snails Discovered in Bowstring Lake in Itasca County.
The aquatic invasive species the faucet snail has been found in Bowstring Lake in Itasca County.
The recent painting of Morrison Bridge, the oldest bowstring girder bridge in the state, has one local resident seeing red in more ways than one.
Firefighters responded just before 6 am Monday to a house fire at 312 Bowstring Drive, which is just north of the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Princeton Boulevard.
DNR officials say Bowstring Lake in northern Itasca County is the latest Minnesota lake discovered to be invaded by faucet snails.
Invasive Faucet Snails Discovered in Bowstring Lake in Itasca County.