A thinly stretched natural or artificial fiber or metal that is attached to string instruments. The string is tightened to an appropriate tension, and set into vibration by being struck, plucked, or bowed. The gut string was the most common fiber used in early instruments, however, modern instruments use strings made out of steel, nylon, and other synthetic materials.
See also [Eng.], string; [Fr.] Corde; [Ger.] Saite; [It.] Corda; [Sp.] Cuerda.