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strand

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noun \ˈstrand\

Definition of strand

  1. :  the land bordering a body of water :  shore, beach



Origin and Etymology of strand

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Norse strǫnd shore


First Known Use: before 12th century


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strand

verb

Definition of strand

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to run, drive, or cause to drift onto a strand :  run aground

    2. 2 :  to leave in a strange or an unfavorable place especially without funds or means to depart

    3. 3 :  to leave (a base runner) on base at the end of an inning in baseball

    4. intransitive verb
    5. :  to become stranded



    1621

    First Known Use of strand

    1621


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    strand

    noun

    Definition of strand

    1. 1 Scottish & dial English :  stream

    2. 2 Scottish & dial English :  sea



    Origin and Etymology of strand

    Middle English stronde, strande


    First Known Use: 13th century


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    strand

    noun

    Definition of strand

    1. 1a :  fibers or filaments twisted, plaited, or laid parallel to form a unit for further twisting or plaiting into yarn, thread, rope, or cordageb :  one of the wires twisted together or laid parallel to form a wire rope or cablec :  something (as a molecular chain) resembling a strand <a strand of DNA>

    2. 2 :  an element (as a yarn or thread) of a woven or plaited material

    3. 3 :  an elongated or twisted and plaited body resembling a rope <a strand of pearls>

    4. 4 :  one of the elements interwoven in a complex whole <one strand of the novel's plot>



    Origin and Etymology of strand

    Middle English strond


    First Known Use: 15th century


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    strand

    transitive verb

    Definition of strand

    1. 1 :  to break a strand of (a rope) accidentally

    2. 2a :  to form (as a rope) from strandsb :  to play out, twist, or arrange in a strand



    1841

    First Known Use of strand

    1841


    STRAND Defined for Kids

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    strand

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    noun \ˈstrand\

    Definition of strand for Students

    1. :  the land bordering a body of water :  shore, beach




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    strand

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    verb

    Definition of strand for Students

    stranded

    stranding

    1. 1 :  to run, drive, or cause to drift from the water onto land <The storm stranded boats.>

    2. 2 :  to leave in a strange or unfavorable place especially without any way of leaving <He's stranded in a strange city.>




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    strand

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    noun

    Definition of strand for Students

    1. 1 :  one of the fibers, threads, strings, or wires twisted or braided to make a cord, rope, or cable

    2. 2 :  something long or twisted like a rope <a strand of pearls>




    Medical Dictionary

    strand

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    noun \ˈstrand\

    Medical Definition of strand

    1. :  something (as a molecular chain) resembling a thread <a strand of DNA>





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