Definition of stringer in US English:

stringer

noun

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

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

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

    ‘a third-stringer on the football team’
  • 4A side of a staircase, which supports the treads and risers.

    • ‘4x4 railing posts should be spaced four feet on center, with posts located at deck corners and against stair stringers.’
    • ‘The angle of the stringers have to be such the stair risers are all the same height after the treads are nailed.’
    • ‘The metal balustrade assemblies bolt to the posts and the staircase's concealed stringer (the painted beam).’
    • ‘The bottom tread of this stringer must be 1-1/2 in. shorter and the top must be notched around the cleat/cross brace.’
    • ‘The stringer connects the level of the deck to the grade, for the installation of stair risers and treads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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Pronunciation

stringer

/ˈstrɪŋər//ˈstriNGər/