a long horizontal timber connecting upright posts.
3. Architecture, string ( def 15b )
Civil Engineering. a longitudinal bridge girder for supporting part of a deck or railroad track between bents or piers.
a longitudinal reinforcement in the fuselage or wing of an airplane.
6. Also called string correspondent. Journalism.
a part-time newspaper correspondent covering a local area for a paper published elsewhere: The Los Angeles paper has a correspondent in San Francisco but only a stringer in Seattle.
Compare staffer ( def 2 )
a stout string
, rope, etc., strung
through the gills and mouth of newly caught fish, so that they may be carried or put back in the water to keep them alive or fresh.
a contestant, player, or other person ranked according to skill or accomplishment (used in combination): Most of the conductors at the opera house were third-stringers.
Mining. a small vein or seam of ore, coal, etc.
Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English; Related forms