- to drive or leave (a ship, fish, etc.) aground or ashore: The receding tide stranded the whale.
- (usually used in the passive) to bring into or leave in a helpless position: He was stranded in the middle of nowhere.
- to be driven or left ashore; run aground.
- to be halted or struck by a difficult situation: He stranded in the middle of his speech.
- the land bordering the sea, a lake, or a river; shore; beach.
Origin of strand1
- one of a number of fibers, threads, or yarns that are plaited or twisted together to form a rope, cord, or the like.
- a similar part of a wire rope.
- a rope made of such twisted or plaited fibers.
- a fiber or filament, as in animal or plant tissue.
- a thread or threadlike part of anything: the strands of a plot.
- a tress of hair.
- a string of pearls, beads, etc.
- to form (a rope, cable, etc.) by twisting strands together.
- to break one or more strands of (a rope).
Origin of strand2
- Mark,1934–2014, U.S. poet, born in Canada: U.S. poet laureate 1990–91.
- Paul,1890–1976, U.S. photographer and documentary-film producer.
- the, a street parallel to the Thames, in W central London, England: famous for hotels and theaters.
Examples from the Web for strand
Contemporary Examples of strand
Using standard methods, the cost of printing DNA could run upwards of a billion dollars or more, depending on the strand.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
Later in the film, when she comes on wearing a strand of pearls, he snorts, “She looks like the queen.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The beads are also a risk in and of themselves if the strand breaks.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
November 14, 2014
That's why Britain, as a nation, can't handle it when a strand is out of place.Why Kate's Hair Matters
July 3, 2014
At the lower right corner, one can see that Level D is where the “guru” strand A3 finally met its demise.A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi”
March 15, 2013
Historical Examples of strand
He fingered the strand on Young Pine's neck, making signs of friendship.The Trail Book
Then he moved from the fountain in the direction of the Strand.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
He was recalling the conversation which had passed in the little room in the Strand.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
He was seized by a creature and flung up on a strand where there seemed to be dwellings.The Chinese Fairy Book
The war situation may make it necessary for me to strand it.'
- to leave or drive (ships, fish, etc) aground or ashore or (of ships, fish, etc) to be left or driven ashore
- (tr; usually passive) to leave helpless, as without transport or money, etc
- a shore or beach
- a foreign country
Word Origin for strand
- a set of or one of the individual fibres or threads of string, wire, etc, that form a rope, cable, etc
- a single length of string, hair, wool, wire, etc
- a string of pearls or beads
- a constituent element in a complex wholeone strand of her argument
- (tr) to form (a rope, cable, etc) by winding strands together
Word Origin for strand
- the Strand a street in W central London, parallel to the Thames: famous for its hotels and theatres
"shore," Old English strand, from Proto-Germanic *strandas (cf. Danish and Swedish strand "beach, shore, strand," Old Norse strönd "border, edge, shore," Middle Low German strant, German Strand, Dutch strand "beach"), perhaps from PIE root *ster- "to stretch out." Strictly, the part of a shore that lies between the tide-marks. Formerly also used of river banks, hence the London street name (1246).
"fiber of a rope, string, etc.," late 15c., probably from Old French estran, from a Germanic source akin to Old High German streno "lock, tress, strand of hair," Middle Dutch strene, German Strähne "skein, strand," of unknown origin.
1620s, "to drive aground on a shore," from strand (n.1); figurative sense of "leave helpless" is first recorded 1837. Related: Stranded; stranding.