• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stringpiece (Arch) A long piece of timber, forming a margin or edge of any piece of construction; esp.:
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stringpiece A name of various parts in constructions of wood. That part of a flight of stairs which forms its ceiling or soffit.
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In literature:

As Lad tugged his burden beneath the stringpiece, the Master bent down and gripped the sodden wet shoulders of the constable.
"Further Adventures of Lad" by Albert Payson Terhune
When the tug had made fast to a wharf spile Captain Joe cleared the stringpiece, and walked straight to Marrows.
"The Veiled Lady" by F. Hopkinson Smith
We run alongside the wharf just as Booth Hank climbed over the stringpiece.
"Cape Cod Stories" by Joseph C. Lincoln
The bridge had no protection along the side save a simple stringpiece of timber.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
The distance was seven or eight feet, but she cleared it and landed on the stringpiece.
"Ruth Fielding at Lighthouse Point" by Alice B. Emerson
Ed swam for it and climbed upon the pier, where he sat down on the stringpiece to rest.
"The Bradys' Chinese Clew" by Francis Worcester Doughty