string·​er | \ ˈstriŋ-ər \

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 combination first-stringersecond-stringer

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Keenum was once an undrafted free agent who bounced around from the Texans to the Rams and last season Minnesota, where he was supposed to be a backup and possibly a third-stringer. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL’s Quarterback Musical Chairs," 10 Sep. 2018 Photo: china stringer network/Reuters Chinese oil consumption has held up well given the country’s softening growth. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China, the U.S. and the Oil Blame Game," 14 Nov. 2018 Rookie Mason Rudolph will be the third-stringer for now behind Dobbs and the 36-year-old Roethlisberger, who has been remarkably durable in recent seasons. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Steelers RB Bell a no-show as opener vs. Browns looms," 3 Sep. 2018 Step 2: Cutting Stringers Before laying out the steps on a 2 x 12, decide how the stringers will join the deck. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Stairs in 3 Easy Steps," 1 Dec. 2017 Even a loss by their second-stringers against Belgium in the final group game had a silver lining: finishing second in the group placed England in what is clearly the easier half of the knockout-round bracket. Andrew Das, New York Times, "England Shakes Its Shootout Curse and Saves Its World Cup," 5 July 2018 Simply put: The Colts’ defense isn’t good enough to have a guy like John Simon play the wrong position – or worse yet, become a second-stringer. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: More throws from Andrew Luck, does John Simon have a home?," 13 June 2018 Next, trim the bottom of the stringer an amount equal to the tread thickness. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Stairs in 3 Easy Steps," 1 Dec. 2017 In a country that virtually invented soccer hooliganism, and gave rise to the millionaire Premier League rock star, Southgate during his own career was the quietly competent second-stringer, no drama, all work ethic. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Win or lose in the World Cup, England has a national hero in Coach Gareth Southgate," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of stringer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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