bowstring


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bowstring \Bow"string`\, n.
   1. The string of a bow.
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   2. A string used by the Turks for strangling offenders.
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   Bowstring bridge, a bridge formed of an arch of timber or
      iron, often braced, the thrust of which is resisted by a
      tie forming a chord of the arch.

   Bowstring girder, an arched beam strengthened by a tie
      connecting its two ends.

   Bowstring hemp (Bot.), the tenacious fiber of the
      Sanseviera Zeylanica, growing in India and Africa, from
      which bowstrings are made. --Balfour.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bowstring \Bow"string`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowstringedor
   Bowstrung; p. pr. & vb. n. Bowstringing.]
   To strangle with a bowstring.
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