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 combination first-stringersecond-stringer

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Most pros just use local stringers provided by the tournament. CBS News, "Meet the man who strings Roger Federer's tennis rackets," 7 Sep. 2019 Vontarrius Dora, defensive end The third stringer showed his athleticism and speed throughout the first half, from his side-to-side pursuit, pancaking hits and his ability to get to the quarterback. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Several Arizona Cardinals will hope to avoid the cut man as NFL rosters trim to 53," 29 Aug. 2019 One of the best running backs in the NFL last year — Matt Breida — is slated to be a third-stringer. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: For Shanahan’s 49ers, the time for wins is now," 27 Aug. 2019 Here are three things to watch for in the Bengals’ second preseason contest: Starters First-stringers will see more action Thursday night in D.C. Starters generally get their second-highest snap count of the preseason in exhibition game No. 2. Tyler Dragon,, "What to watch for when the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Washington Redskins on Thursday," 14 Aug. 2019 Entering his ninth season, Taylor, 30, is content to be the second-stringer to a future Hall of Famer. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Tyrod Taylor shows why Chargers like him as Philip Rivers’ backup in preseason game," 8 Aug. 2019 By the time high tide arrived, Sarafin and friend Loren Wilson had four fish on a stringer and the sun was starting to peek cautiously over the nearby mountains. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Early birds get the silvers at this roadside fishery near Anchorage," 16 Aug. 2019 The drubbing didn’t stop when the Raiders went to second-stringers. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: All jokes aside, Jon Gruden’s Raiders’ offense is worth your optimism," 15 Aug. 2019 And the drills didn’t match first-stringers against each other. Rich Campbell,, "5 observations from Bears practice Friday, including David Montgomery against live tackling and Charles Leno blocking Khalil Mack," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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