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

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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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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 The plane — which in its long history has served as both a weather reconnaissance craft and a rescue vehicle for stranded hurricane victims — took off at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday from an airport in Savannah. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "‘A C-130 literally just dropped out of the sky:’ A deadly plane crash stuns drivers in Savannah," 3 May 2018 Instead, these fragile minority communities mostly remain stranded at displacement shelters in Kurdistan without the means to rebuild their villages. Nina Shea, WSJ, "How to Help Iraq’s Religious Minorities," 21 Sep. 2017 Created by duo Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg of the Danish design studio Fokstrot, the five-sided wooden platform measures just 215 square feet, apparently enough room for a living linden tree and a few stranded friends. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "In Copenhagen harbor, a tiny wooden ‘island’ becomes floating public space," 15 Mar. 2018 Thinning sea ice may also lead to more injuries or deaths if people become stranded or break through the ice. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska releases first detailed report on negative health impacts of climate change," 9 Jan. 2018 Each person on the stranded boat was placed on a board by the divers and then taken to the rescue boat. J. Harry Jones,, "Eight family members rescued after boat crashes into sandbar," 23 Dec. 2017

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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