The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The land bordering a body of water; a beach.
  • v. To drive or run ashore or aground.
  • v. To bring into or leave in a difficult or helpless position: The convoy was stranded in the desert.
  • v. Baseball To leave (a base runner) on base at the end of an inning.
  • v. Linguistics To separate (a grammatical element) from other elements in a construction, either by moving it out of the construction or moving the rest of the construction. In the sentence What are you aiming at, the preposition at has been stranded.
  • verb-intransitive. To be driven or run ashore or aground.
  • verb-intransitive. To be brought into or left in a difficult or helpless position.
  • n. A complex of fibers or filaments that have been twisted together to form a cable, rope, thread, or yarn.
  • n. A single filament, such as a fiber or thread, of a woven or braided material.
  • n. A wisp or tress of hair.
  • n. Something that is plaited or twisted as a ropelike length: a strand of pearls; a strand of DNA.
  • n. One of the elements woven together to make an intricate whole, such as the plot of a novel.
  • v. To make or form (a rope, for example) by twisting strands together.
  • v. To break a strand of (a rope, for example).

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The flat area of land bordering a body of water; a beach or shore.
  • v. To run aground; to beach.
  • v. To leave (someone) in a difficult situation; to abandon or desert.
  • v. To cause the third out of an inning to be made, leaving a runner on base.
  • n. Each of the strings which, twisted together, make up a yarn, rope or cord.
  • n. A string.
  • n. An individual length of any fine, string-like substance.
  • n. A group of wires, usually twisted or braided.
  • n. A series of programmes on a particular theme or linked subject.

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the twists, or strings, as of fibers, wires, etc., of which a rope is composed.
  • v. To break a strand of (a rope).
  • n. The shore, especially the beach of a sea, ocean, or large lake; rarely, the margin of a navigable river.
  • v. To drive on a strand; hence, to run aground.
  • verb-intransitive. To drift, or be driven, on shore to run aground.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The shore or beach of the sea or ocean, or (in former use) of a lake or river; shore; beach.
  • n. A small brook or rivulet.
  • n. A passage for water; a gutter.
  • To drive or run aground on the sea-shore: as, the ship was stranded in the fog: often used figuratively.
  • To drift or be driven on shore; run aground, as a ship.
  • To be cheeked or stopped; come to a standstill.
  • n. A number of yarns or wires twisted together to form one of the parts of which a rope is twisted; hence, one of a number of flexible things, as grasses, strips of bark, or hair, twisted or woven together. Three or more strands twisted together form a rope. See cut under crown, v. t., 9.
  • n. A single thread; a filament; a fiber.
  • n. A string.
  • To break one or more of the strands of (a rope).
  • In rope-making, to form by the union or twisting of strands.
  • Specifically, in law, to ground: said of the running of a vessel by accident upon the sands or rocks so that she is helpless there for some time.

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)
  • v. bring to the ground
  • v. leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
  • n. a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
  • n. line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
  • v. drive (a vessel) ashore
  • n. a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole
  • n. a necklace made by a stringing objects together
  • n. a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels

Word Usage

" (The word strand comes from the Old English word for "shore" or "river bank"; in German, Swedish and Dutch, the word means "beach".) "


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