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 combinationdouble-stranded DNA

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strandedness noun

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stranded whales often die because their bodies overheat on the hot sand
Recent Examples on the Web But across the world, clusters of students remain stranded: A half-dozen physical therapy students from the University of North Carolina are stuck in Guatemala. New York Times, "They Went Abroad to Study. Now They Are Stranded.," 21 Mar. 2020 As police protocol states, Thomas took the stranded dog to the San Diego Humane Society with hopes that his owner would eventually return. Georgia Slater,, "Police Officer Adopts Dog He Found in Stolen Car: 'The Two Have Been Best Friends Ever Since'," 19 Nov. 2019 But repatriating stranded people from Egypt or Greece back to Britain? Wired, "How to Get 150,000 Stranded People Home in 2 Weeks," 25 Sep. 2019 McIngvale and his staffers rescued people from stranded cars, parking lots and even their flooded homes, according to the Post. Char Adams,, "2 Reported Dead in Texas Floods as Mattress Salesman Turns Showroom Into Shelter for Victims," 20 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of stranded

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stranded was in 1769

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“Stranded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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

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