strand

1
[strand]

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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.

noun

the land bordering the sea, a lake, or a river; shore; beach.

Nearby words

  1. strake,
  2. stralsund,
  3. stramash,
  4. stramineous,
  5. stramonium,
  6. strand line,
  7. strand wolf,
  8. strand, mark,
  9. strand, paul,
  10. stranded

Origin of strand

1
before 1000; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch strand, German Strand, Old Norse strǫnd; akin to strew

strand

2
[strand]

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to form (a rope, cable, etc.) by twisting strands together.
to break one or more strands of (a rope).

Origin of strand

2
First recorded in 1490–1500; origin uncertain

Related formsstrand·less, adjective

Strand

[strand]

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for strand

strand

1

verb

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

noun mainly poetic

a shore or beach
a foreign country

Word Origin for strand

Old English; related to Old Norse strönd side, Middle High German strant beach, Latin sternere to spread

noun

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

verb

(tr) to form (a rope, cable, etc) by winding strands together

Word Origin for strand

C15: of uncertain origin

Strand

noun

the Strand a street in W central London, parallel to the Thames: famous for its hotels and theatres
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