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String, subst. any thin line or cord: I'll knit it (the hair) “up in silken --s,” Gent. II, 7, 45. “spiders' --s,” Meas. III, 2, 289. “good --s to your beards,” Mids. IV, 2, 36 (to tie them fast). “hast had my purse as if the --s were thine,” Oth. I, 1, 3.
== fibre, nerve, tendon (cf. Heart-string): John V, 7, 55. H8 III, 2, 105. Hml. III, 3, 70. Lr. V, 3, 216. Ant. III, 11, 57.
== the cord of a musical instrument: Sonn. 8, 9. Gent. IV, 2, 60. R2 V, 5, 46. H4A II, 4, 6. H6B II, 1, 57. R3 IV, 4, 364 “(harp not on that s.).” Troil. I, 3, 109. Tit. II, 4, 46 “(silken --s).” Caes. IV, 3, 292. Per. I, 1, 81.
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