stringer

noun string·er \ ˈstriŋ-ər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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
4 a : a long horizontal timber to connect uprights in a frame or to support a floor
b : string 8
c : a tie in a truss
5 a : 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
6 a : 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-stringer
  • second-stringer

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First Known Use of stringer

14th century


STRINGER Defined for English Language Learners

stringer

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Definition of stringer for English Language Learners

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


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