Antonyms for stringed

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From the distance could be heard the sound of flutes and of stringed instruments.

That the Egyptians had stringed instruments is unquestionable.

The music of stringed instruments and of laughter floated out to her.

The cymbal of the Austrian gypsies is a stringed instrument, like the zitter.

The double orchestra is composed of oboes, flutes, and stringed instruments.

The door was open of that house; the stringed instrument was laid against it.

Note that in each case the metaphor is of a stringed instrument.

They have also a kind of clarinet, three or four different sorts of trumpets, and a stringed instrument not unlike a violoncello.

What are the musical intervals in which the stringed instruments are tuned?

Sancho, a stringed instrument from Senegambia, Western Africa.


Old English streng "line, cord, thread," from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cf. Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang "rope, cord"), from *strang- "taut, stiff," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain). Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of "a number of objects arranged in a line" first recorded late 15c.

Old English meaning "ligaments, tendons" is preserved in hamstring, heartstrings. Meaning "limitations, stipulations" (1888) is American English, probably from the common April Fool's joke of leaving a purse that looks full of money on the sidewalk, then tugging it away with an attached string when someone stoops to pick it up. To pull strings "control the course of affairs" (1860) is from the notion of puppet theater. First string, second string, etc. in athletics (1863) is from archers' custom of carrying spare bowstrings in the event that one breaks. Strings "stringed instruments" is attested from mid-14c. String bean is from 1759; string bikini is from 1974.