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

Examples of stringer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In their first year together, in 2002, Snyder pushed Spurrier against his objections to play the rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey, and the next year released the second-stringer Danny Wuerffel, who played for Spurrier at Florida. New York Times, "Urban Meyer’s Renewal in Jacksonville," 26 Apr. 2021 Just like any fan, coach Gregg Popovich would have accepted a second-round pick for third-stringer Trey Lyles, even if Popovich plans to be living in Italy by the time the Spurs use it. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As Spurs stand pat, a core and a plan remain," 25 Mar. 2021 Before making an emergency move Tuesday afternoon to sign Josh Rosen off Tampa Bay’s practice squad, the 49ers had just one healthy QB, third-stringer C.J. Beathard, on their roster four days before playing the Cardinals. Eric Branch,, "Who can play QB? 49ers add Josh Rosen to back up C.J. Beathard," 22 Dec. 2020 Lurie said Pederson’s handling of the quarterbacks, including inserting third-stringer Nate Sudfeld for the fourth quarter of the regular-season finale, wasn’t why he was fired. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Eagles owner views Jalen Hurts as an ‘asset’," 14 Jan. 2021 That ensures each stringer will be exactly the same size. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Stairs in 3 Steps," 18 Jan. 2021 With the third-stringer Blake Bortles inactive, the Rams turned back to Goff, who seemed uncomfortable early. New York Times, "Here’s What Happened in Saturday’s N.F.L. Wild-Card Games," 9 Jan. 2021 Given that teams are scheduled to play 56 games over 116 days, having a solid third-stringer will be vital. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Steve Yzerman is excited to watch the Detroit Red Wings play. Here's why," 24 Dec. 2020 For the second consecutive game, the Cougars lost their starting quarterback late in the game and third-stringer Baylor Romney took over in the second half. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU football will try to end its Sunshine State curse in Tuesday’s bowl game," 21 Dec. 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 14 May. 2021.

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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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