Definition of stringer in English:



  • 1A longitudinal structural piece in a framework, especially that of a ship or aircraft.

    • ‘The distance between the stringers should be 8 feet.’
    • ‘Longitudinal stringers are fir encased in fiberglass, and athwartship bulkheads are construction-grade exterior plywood.’
    • ‘For the most part, stringers could be copied from originals but bulkheads required a lot more work.’
    • ‘As a result of these pressures, stringers must usually move right to move up.’
    • ‘Around the basic tube fuselage, Gordon added wooden stringers and formers to give the unit its desired shape.’
    • ‘Once the stringers and bulkheads are properly located, then starts all the cut-outs and reinforcements for the stabilizers and tailwheel.’
    • ‘Another key factor is the strength and location of the support base on which the stringers rest.’
    • ‘Improper support can cause the hull to distort, causing cracked bulkheads, engine misalignment or broken stringers.’
    • ‘The army in gray had destroyed the planking of the bridge, leaving only the stringers holding it in place.’
    • ‘At this time, only the stringers are being drilled and riveted.’
    • ‘The hull is supported by a system of longitudinal stringers and transverse frames of plywood encased in fiberglass and resin.’
    • ‘This takes place particularly in the parent plate under butt welds, the cracks following the line of the sulphide inclusion stringers.’
    • ‘The selection, number, and placement of the stringers supporting overhead cover is critical to the safety of a position.’
    • ‘A post-tensioned transverse diaphragm at pier 45 supports the approach viaduct stringers at that pier.’
    • ‘Courriere felt the exterior port stem between the stringer and the windows.’
    • ‘With a double carbon graphite stringer, rail stiffeners, and slick skin bottom, it was also quite fast.’
    • ‘The manufacturer cut the boats' longitudinal frames or stringers to make it easier to install drain lines.’
    • ‘From what we know, we would expect to have to replace frames or frame sections, skins, stringers and doublers in the damaged areas.’
    • ‘As the ribs were completed, there was not a precise method to determine where the stringers would pass through the ribs.’
  • 2informal A newspaper correspondent who is retained on a part-time basis to report on events in a particular place.

    ‘papers relied increasingly on locally based stringers and news agencies’
    • ‘The more you cover local news, the more local people buy newspapers, these stringers said.’
    • ‘At the time I was not long out of college, working as a stringer, editorial writer and arts reviewer for the Galway Advertiser.’
    • ‘This news agency of some sort collected stories from stringers or correspondents and passed them on to the paper.’
    • ‘Schulberg started writing as a high school stringer for newspapers when he was growing up in Los Angeles.’
    • ‘Some of Reuters's Palestinian stringers are honest and courageous.’
    • ‘The families of many Iraqi staffers and stringers would prefer they didn't work for the Western press, says Rubin.’
    • ‘The paper was more generous with stringers in those days - I even received a byline.’
    • ‘He exhorted the journalists - one staff correspondent and several stringers - to take an injured child to the hospital.’
    • ‘And Sun News in the South has a district network of 140 stringers to bring district news to its viewers.’
    • ‘When I joined the staff in 1973, it had no staff correspondents, relying entirely on stringers and outside contributors.’
    • ‘Asianet, whose stringer he used to be, has pretty much dumped him, and his legal expenses have reduced him to penury.’
    • ‘I only have experience as a stringer for a daily and a freelancer for magazines and weeklies.’
    • ‘Even Iraqi stringers were mostly locals; outsiders were forbidden entry by the insurgents.’
    • ‘Reynolds, in particular, makes use of this jury-rigged stringer system to alert his readers to articles that would otherwise go unnoticed.’
    • ‘He has taken photographs as a stringer for The Associated Press and had a story published in The New York Times.’
    • ‘But these stringers do not seek union representation, only editorial control over the work of others.’
    • ‘Were they acting like the stringers who just happen to be around for events such as the murder of election officials on Haifa Street?’
    • ‘There was only one stringer in the world Borg trusted, a fellow Swede called Mats Laftman.’
    • ‘Most national correspondents will tell you they rely on stringers and researchers and interns and clerks and news assistants.’
    • ‘For a long time, even in the Balkans, they didn't have anyone reporting there and were depending on BBC stringers.’
    reporter, journalist, columnist, writer, contributor, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newsman, newswoman, commentator, chronicler
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  • 3in combination A reserve sports player holding a specified position in an order of preference.

    ‘six of the team's 24 first-stringers are Canadian’
  • 4North American A chain with hooks on which caught fish are strung.

    • ‘In bay and beachfront fishing, it often is what you cannot see that means more to the stringer.’
    • ‘It was then allowed to recover on the stringer in deeper water before being returned alive to grow on to even larger proportions.’
    • ‘The place for table fish is a stringer or floating basket.’
    • ‘When the fish are on the stringer and the sun is high in the sky - steer for home and a nice hot lunch.’
    • ‘He saw that she had a few nice sized fish on a stringer laying behind her in a bucket of water.’
    • ‘Light baiting with stringers was the order of the day, just to give the fish something to home in on.’
    • ‘We put the fish on a stringer after determining that it was just short of the ton at 96 lb.’
    • ‘Water moccasins had a nasty habit of gliding up and feeding on my catch, dangling from a stringer in the shallows.’
    • ‘You'll also need a stringer - a five-metre length of soft rope.’
    • ‘From this point forward, every incremental rise in the surf temperature equates to a couple more fish on the stringer.’
    • ‘Kevin had just landed an absolute monster and had it retained on a stringer.’
    • ‘Anglers who were more interested in stringers of ‘fish’ that day mostly stayed home.’
    • ‘Many are aimed at speckled trout and redfish, with daily stringer weights determining the winners.’
    • ‘They played the fish to the bank and promptly netted it and put it on a stringer which already had four other fish on it.’
    • ‘Eloy congratulated me patronizingly for ‘not giving up’ and gave me his stringer of fish.’
  • 5A stringboard.

    • ‘The stringer connects the level of the deck to the grade, for the installation of stair risers and treads.’
    • ‘The angle of the stringers have to be such the stair risers are all the same height after the treads are nailed.’
    • ‘Cut and install the treads after the risers, again concentrating on a clean fit between the finished stringers and a good line against the riser.’
    • ‘The bottom tread of this stringer must be 1-1/2 in. shorter and the top must be notched around the cleat/cross brace.’
    • ‘Using a 3-foot-diameter steel pipe as supporting stringer and railing makes for easy installation.’
    • ‘Treads may be set into a dado or nailed to a cleat attached to the side of a stair stringer.’
    • ‘4x4 railing posts should be spaced four feet on center, with posts located at deck corners and against stair stringers.’
    • ‘The metal balustrade assemblies bolt to the posts and the staircase's concealed stringer (the painted beam).’
    • ‘Another simple pergola of 2x3 stringers and tapered cross supports accents a path from the street to the home's side entrance.’
    joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, baulk, board, timber, plank, lath, rafter
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