composed of a specified number or kind of strands (usually used in combination): a five-stranded rope.

Origin of stranded

First recorded in 1805–15; strand2 + -ed3
Related formsstrand·ed·ness, nounun·strand·ed, adjective



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.


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

Origin of strand

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




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

First recorded in 1490–1500; origin uncertain
Related formsstrand·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stranded

Contemporary Examples of stranded

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.


    Samuel Smiles

  • They were stranded, as it were, on some reef above a dense void.

  • 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!


    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for stranded




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




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

C15: of uncertain origin



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



"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.

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