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stringer

Syllabification: string·er
Pronunciation: /ˈstriNGər
 
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Definition of stringer in English:

noun

1A longitudinal structural piece in a framework, especially that of a ship or aircraft.
Example sentences
  • Longitudinal stringers are fir encased in fiberglass, and athwartship bulkheads are construction-grade exterior plywood.
  • Once the stringers and bulkheads are properly located, then starts all the cut-outs and reinforcements for the stabilizers and tailwheel.
  • The manufacturer cut the boats' longitudinal frames or stringers to make it easier to install drain lines.
2 informal 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.
Example sentences
  • The more you cover local news, the more local people buy newspapers, these stringers said.
  • He exhorted the journalists - one staff correspondent and several stringers - to take an injured child to the hospital.
  • This news agency of some sort collected stories from stringers or correspondents and passed them on to the paper.
3A side of a staircase, which supports the treads and risers.
Example sentences
  • 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 metal balustrade assemblies bolt to the posts and the staircase's concealed stringer (the painted beam).
  • Treads may be set into a dado or nailed to a cleat attached to the side of a stair stringer.
4 [in combination] A sports player holding a specified position in an order of preference: a third-stringer on the football team

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