- composed of a specified number or kind of strands (usually used in combination): a five-stranded rope.
Origin of stranded
- 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
Related Words for strandedhelpless, wrecked, aground, ashore, grounded, shipwrecked, sidetracked, godforsaken, homeless, penniless
Examples from the Web for stranded
Contemporary Examples of stranded
Wisely, we did, and then made for a small café that served a clientele of recently stranded refugees.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
Tens of thousands of Iraqis now stranded in the mountains are awaiting the outcome of those battles.Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands?
August 7, 2014
GALLERY: Stranded at Bangui Airport: The Refugee Crisis in Central African Republic (PHOTOS) This is all well and good.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants
May 25, 2014
Ongoing tensions between Moscow and Kiev could threaten those supply lines, leaving Russians there stranded.Is Putin’s Next Move to Take Over Odessa?
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
April 17, 2014
Blackwater airdropped supplies to stranded soldiers of the 82nd Airborne for free until the Air Force provided a contract.Who Should Kill? Looking for Answers in Erik Prince’s Memoir
November 22, 2013
Historical Examples of stranded
At Zierikzee, in Zeeland, a whale has been stranded by a high tide and a gale of wind.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Strolling along the sands one day, he observed a stranded cuttlefish.Self-Help
They were stranded, as it were, on some reef above a dense void.The Fortune of the Rougons
Then the stage broke down and I began to think I was stranded at Bayport.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
How stranded your friends must have been for a topic when they talked of me!Barrington
Charles James Lever
- 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.