string·​er | \ ˈstriŋ-ər How to pronounce stringer (audio) \

Definition of stringer

1 : one that strings
2 : a string, wire, or chain often with snaps on which fish are strung by a fisherman
3 : a narrow vein or irregular filament of mineral traversing a rock mass of different material
4a : a long horizontal timber to connect uprights in a frame or to support a floor
c : a tie in a truss
5a : a longitudinal member extending from bent to bent of a railroad bridge and carrying the track
b : a longitudinal member (as in an airplane fuselage or wing) to reinforce the skin
6a : a news correspondent who is paid space rates
b : a reporter who works for a publication or news agency on a part-time basis broadly : correspondent
7 : one estimated to be of specified excellence or efficiency used in combinationfirst-stringersecond-stringer

Examples of stringer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The seeds of crisis were sown last week when third-stringer Jeff Driskel tested positive for the coronavirus. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Nightmare for Broncos as COVID-19 crisis wreaks havoc, and NFL could take bigger hits," 29 Nov. 2020 On the Broncos' second drive of the game, Sears left the game after a hard tackle and in came third-stringer Cade Fennegan. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "No. 9 BYU stays unbeaten with 51-17 rout of No. 21 Boise State," 7 Nov. 2020 These include asking whether there are problems in the stringer’s county and challenging the details if the results seem suspect., "How AP counts votes and calls races," 24 Oct. 2020 Haskins was the Team’s 3rd-stringer until Kyle Allen got hurt a few weeks ago. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Here's what I'm thinking for this year's Baseball Hall of Fame ballot," 17 Nov. 2020 He got hurt early and was replaced by the fourth-stringer, Coran Taylor, who had never played important minutes in college. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers Q&A: Insight on Illinois," 6 Nov. 2020 The Badgers could be starting a fourth-stringer against Nebraska this week. oregonlive, "As we wait for news about Oregon’s five antigen positives, look at what’s happening at Wisconsin: Issues & Answers," 27 Oct. 2020 Nick Mullens – who started both games Garoppolo missed and relieved him in Seattle – will presumably take over, though he's also ceded snaps to third-stringer C.J. Beathard this year. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "49ers lose Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle to long-term injuries, per reports," 2 Nov. 2020 With Mertz and Wolf reportedly testing positive for COVID-19, keeping them out of game action for 21 days under Big Ten rules, fourth-stringer Danny Vanden Boom would’ve made his first start on Saturday vs. Nebraska. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "After fast start, virus brings Badgers football to a full stop," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of stringer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stringer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stringer

: a journalist who is not on the regular staff of a newspaper but who writes stories for that newspaper

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