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bow·string

 (bō′strĭng′)
n.
The cord attached to both ends of an archer's bow.

bowstring

(ˈbəʊˌstrɪŋ)
n
(Archery) the string of an archer's bow, usually consisting of three strands of hemp

bow•string

(ˈboʊˌstrɪŋ)

n.
1. the string of an archer's bow.
2. a horsehair string on the bow of a musical instrument.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bowstring - the string of an archer's bowbowstring - the string of an archer's bow  
bow - a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
cord - a line made of twisted fibers or threads; "the bundle was tied with a cord"
Translations

bowstring

[ˈbəʊstrɪŋ] Ncuerda f de arco
References in classic literature ?
At that moment the twenty thousand archers twanged their bowstrings, and the arrows came whizzing, like so many winged mosquitoes, right into the face of Hercules.
Give me a good stout bow and a fair broad arrow, and if I hit it not, strip me and beat me blue with bowstrings.
Ahab stooped to clear it; he did clear it; but the flying turn caught him round the neck, and voicelessly as Turkish mutes bowstring their victim, he was shot out of the boat, ere the crew knew he was gone.
His dark eyes and swarthy skin and Paynim features suited the costume exactly: he looked the very model of an Eastern emir, an agent or a victim of the bowstring.
The hawser was as taut as a bowstring, and the current so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
And, even then, when these had "had enough," they were always at liberty to put an end to themselves with a Punjab lasso or bowstring, left for their use at the foot of an iron tree.
No, lest on the first demonstration I make in favor of Mehemet Ali, the Sultan send me the bowstring, and make my secretaries strangle me.
He laid the notch of the arrow on the oxhide bowstring, and drew both notch and string to his breast till the arrow-head was near the bow; then when the bow was arched into a half-circle he let fly, and the bow twanged, and the string sang as the arrow flew gladly on over the heads of the throng.
My dear sister," said she, on the thousand-and-second night, (I quote the language of the "Isitsoornot" at this point, verbatim) "my dear sister," said she, "now that all this little difficulty about the bowstring has blown over, and that this odious tax is so happily repealed, I feel that I have been guilty of great indiscretion in withholding from you and the king (who I am sorry to say, snores -- a thing no gentleman would do) the full conclusion of Sinbad the sailor.
Relaxing his bowstring, he returned the arrow to the quiver and, throwing the bow about his shoulder, stepped closer to the pinioned beast.
For an instant he glanced along the polished shaft, drawing the bowstring far back, that the arrow might pierce through the heart for which it was aimed.
They tried firing at the twang of Nalasu's bowstring, but every time Nalasu fired he instantly changed position.