strand·​ed | \ ˈstran-dəd How to pronounce stranded (audio) \

Definition of stranded

: having a strand or strands especially of a specified kind or number usually used in combination double-stranded DNA

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Other Words from stranded

strandedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for stranded


aground, beached, grounded



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Examples of stranded in a Sentence

stranded whales often die because their bodies overheat on the hot sand

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This year, eight dead whales have stranded in Canada, and a ninth stranded whale was recently discovered in the waters off Long Island, New York. Kelli Bender,, "Ninth North Atlantic Right Whale Found Dead This Year, Strengthening Extinction Concerns," 17 Sep. 2019 A year after a summer storm flooded roads, collapsed roofs on the North Shore, derailed a train, and stranded cars throughout Greater Boston, the weekend’s pleasant weather is expected to extend into the workweek. Lucas Phillips,, "A mild week is expected with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s," 11 Aug. 2019 The United Nations refugee agency urgently appealed to European governments Tuesday to let two migrant rescue ships disembark more than 500 passengers who remain stranded at sea as countries bicker over who should take responsibility for them. Washington Post, "UN urges reluctant EU nations to help stranded migrants," 14 Aug. 2019 The city would use $750,000 in former federal Enterprise Zone money as the initial capital to buy stranded capacity to start the bank. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego aims to bolster biotech, breweries with new water proposals," 26 July 2019 If the whale’s food source is endangered by climate change, researchers would expect to find more stranded and emaciated whales during their next migrations. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Scientists are worried that a thousand gray whales have died so far this year," 20 July 2019 Bertha, meanwhile, remained stranded deep underground. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 Officials spent nearly an entire day rescuing seven stranded Atlantic white-sided dolphins found on a Dennis beach Sunday morning, authorities said. Elise Takahama,, "Officials successfully rescued 7 stranded dolphins stuck on a Dennis beach," 21 May 2018 Trapani at one point worked on a stranded response team for wildlife on the Virginia coast. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "The Indy 500 is actually super trashy," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of stranded

1769, in the meaning defined above

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strand·​ed | \ ˈstran-dəd How to pronounce stranded (audio) \

Medical Definition of stranded

: having a strand or strands especially of a specified kind or number usually used in combination the double-stranded molecule of DNA

Other Words from stranded

strandedness noun

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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