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Meaning of bowstring

bow•string

Pronunciation: (bō'string"), [key]
— n., v., -stringed -strung, -string•ing.
—n.
  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. (esp. in the Ottoman Empire) a similar string for killing people by strangulation.
—v.t.
  1. to strangle with a bowstring or any string or band.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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