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strand

noun \ ˈstrand \

Definition of strand

: 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

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strand

verb

Definition of strand

transitive verb
1 : to run, drive, or cause to drift onto a strand : run aground
2 : to leave in a strange or an unfavorable place especially without funds or means to depart
3 : to leave (a base runner) on base at the end of an inning in baseball
intransitive verb
: to become stranded

First Known Use of strand

1621


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strand

noun

Definition of strand

1 Scotland and dialects of England : stream
2 Scotland and dialects of England : sea

Origin and Etymology of strand

Middle English stronde, strande

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strand

noun

Definition of strand

1 a : fibers or filaments twisted, plaited, or laid parallel to form a unit for further twisting or plaiting into yarn, thread, rope, or cordage
b : one of the wires twisted together or laid parallel to form a wire rope or cable
c : something (such as a molecular chain) resembling a strand
  • a strand of DNA
2 a : an element (such as a yarn or thread) of a woven or plaited material
b : a threadlike piece of natural or synthetic material
  • a strand of hair
3 : an elongated or twisted and plaited body resembling a rope
  • a strand of pearls
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

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strand

verb

Definition of strand

transitive verb
1 : to break a strand of (a rope) accidentally
2 a : to form (something, such as a rope) from strands
b : to play out, twist, or arrange in a strand

First Known Use of strand

1841


STRAND Defined for Kids

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strand

noun \ ˈstrand \

Definition of strand for Students

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

2

strand

verb

Definition of strand for Students

stranded; stranding
1 : to run, drive, or cause to drift from the water onto land
  • The storm stranded boats.
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

noun

Definition of strand for Students

1 : one of the fibers, threads, strings, or wires twisted or braided to make a cord, rope, or cable
2 : something long or twisted like a rope
  • a strand of pearls

Medical Dictionary

strand

noun \ ˈstrand \

medical Definition of strand

: something (as a molecular chain) resembling a thread
  • a strand of DNA


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