Definition of restring in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Fit new or different strings to (a musical instrument or sports racket).

    • ‘All Mullova did to meet the band was restring her precious Strad with medieval cat gut instead of modern metal, tone it down a tad to baroque standard and borrow an antique-shop bow.’
    • ‘Even to my untrained eyes, I could notice that Will's racket was in terrible need of restringing but it didn't seem to affect his game.’
    • ‘Racquet sport players also spend at the pro shop, buying balls, clothing, racquets and shoes and getting their racquets restrung.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it is when instruments are not restrung and are transported to decontamination in a haphazard fashion that damage occurs.’
    • ‘It was a good racket to begin with, but my boss didn't like the colour; repainted and restrung it.’
    • ‘Of particular interest is the accompaniment on a well preserved Erard of 1897 in Jos van Immerseel's collection, restrung recently but otherwise in its original condition.’
    • ‘He thought it must have fallen from his pocket somewhere after he'd sat restringing the instrument under his favourite tree, but he hadn't been able to find it again.’
    • ‘She has worked with jazz musicians, commissioned new works, and is now exploring the possibilities of period instruments, restringing her Stradivarius with gut and using baroque and classical bows.’
    • ‘On the negative side, compound crossbows are more expensive, difficult to restring and keep in tune, physically heavier and noisier.’
    • ‘Looms can be restrung for future projects with cotton string.’
    • ‘He quietly took my guitar and started to restring it for me.’
    • ‘‘This could take some time,’ he amended, watching Cinaed struggle to restring the bow.’
    • ‘I wish I'd realised about Lucy's broken guitar string sooner; I could have quickly restrung it up for her if I'd known.’
    • ‘Instruments should be arranged loosely and neatly in mesh-bottom trays but should not be restrung.’
    • ‘Sarah Maultby, York Museums' Trust assistant curator of social history, said the harpsichord has been restrung using brass and iron music wires that are historically accurate.’
    • ‘They're restringing their bows, straightening their arrows, sharpening their lances.’
    • ‘He invited her to sit while he finished restringing his guitar, and they chatted.’
  • 2Thread (objects such as beads) on a new string.

    • ‘Once he restrung and polished an old broken ornament to go round Sanjukta's waist - thenceforward the benga patia became indispensable to Odissi.’