strand

1 of 5

noun (1)

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

strand

2 of 5

verb (1)

stranded; stranding; strands

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

strand

3 of 5

noun (2)

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

strand

4 of 5

noun (3)

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

strand

5 of 5

verb (2)

stranded; stranding; strands

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

Examples of strand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This is a quintessential beach town, a place where cheery orange beach cottages from the Roaring ’20s line the strand, waves break in endless succession and the city’s iconic pier stretches into the Pacific like a lingering farewell. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Using the wrong products for your hair type can lead to oily roots, flaky skin and lackluster strands. Caitie Kelly, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2024 If thinning strands or hair loss is a problem for you, this tool contains hundreds of 0.25mm microneedles that activate hair follicles, stimulate blood flow to the scalp, increase microcirculation, and amp up collagen production. Jenn Barthole, Glamour, 23 Jan. 2024 Cut a few long strands of flash material but be sparse — four to six strands are sufficient for the Clouser Minnow. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 17 Jan. 2024 Nir’s feature debut is adapted from her eponymous Off-Broadway play and has its world premiere in the Bright Future strand of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Rafa Sales Ross, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024 Place lemon strand over the foam, draping off the edge of the glass. Kevin Gavagan, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The focus here should be on the scalp — the rest of the hair will be cleaned as the suds run down the strands, says Roszak. Caitie Kelly, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2024 With just flexible heat protectant hair spray, Cole was able to shape the hair, before locking in the strands with a high hold spray. Akili King, Essence, 16 Jan. 2024
Verb
Plus, insurance companies are leaving homeowners stranded without policies, the current housing stock is aging, and new developments cannot get started for a whole host of reasons, including being located in uninsurable locations. Jennifer Castenson, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Six hikers stranded near the top of California's snowy Mount Baldy have been rescued. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Two days later, Fox announced their own unscripted spin on a classic sitcom with the reality version of, featuring wealthy folks stranded out in the country. EW.com, 15 Feb. 2024 Frozen charge ports could be one of the issues that left drivers stranded during an extreme cold snap in Chicago earlier this year, especially if the drivers forgot to follow Tesla’s recommendations for dealing with extreme cold. Wes Davis, The Verge, 14 Feb. 2024 Winter is certainly not over yet — a fact that many East Coasters are reckoning with in the wake of Monday’s North East snowstorm, which swept through the Tri-State area and left travelers stranded due to more than a thousand flight delays and cancellations. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024 The inflated taxi fare left them without enough money to afford the $90 tickets for a bus to New York City, stranding them in Plattsburgh. Luis Ferré-Sadurní, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Residents of mountain areas should prepare for the potential of being stranded for several days, forecasters said. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2024 Eudora Police Chief Michael Henderson Pitts, 45, was arrested Jan. 30 and is accused of illegally detaining a man, beating him and leaving him stranded, according to a Jan. 31 Arkansas State Police press release. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Middle English stronde, strande

Noun (3)

Middle English strond

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strand was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near strand

Cite this Entry

“Strand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strand. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

strand

1 of 3 noun
: the land bordering a body of water : shore, beach

strand

2 of 3 verb
1
: to run aground : beach
boats stranded by the storm
2
: to leave in a strange or an unfavorable place especially without a way of departing
stranded in a strange city

strand

3 of 3 noun
1
: one of the fibers, threads, strings, or wires twisted or braided to make a cord, rope, or cable
2
: something resembling a strand
a strand of pearls
a strand of DNA
3
: one of the elements of a complicated whole
the strands of a legal argument
Etymology

Noun

Old English strand "shore"

Noun

Middle English strond "strand, fiber"

Medical Definition

strand

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

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