- 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 strandingisolate, strand, wrack, impair, ravage, injure, cripple, trash, sabotage, vandalize, mar, devastate, smash, shatter, disable, batter, sink, spoil, undermine, demolish
Examples from the Web for stranding
Contemporary Examples of stranding
The earth has been decimated by climate change, stranding what remains of humanity on a train.Welcome to Snowpiercer’s Apocalypse
June 29, 2014
Some chauvinistic pundits are portraying the dual trips as stranding the first lady without her man.Michelle Obama Stranded by Her Man as Barack Goes on a Golfing Weekend
February 16, 2013
Oldham, their manager, went to California to escape the mess, stranding Jagger.Speed Read: 11 Juiciest Bits From Philip Norman’s Biography of Mick Jagger
The Daily Beast
October 1, 2012
Historical Examples of stranding
On that occasion the bitter taste of a stranding was not for my mouth.The Mirror of the Sea
It upset all their little notions of what a stranding means, hereabouts.
This accident of stranding upon a deserted coast was annoying as a loss of time.
You stranding just on that spot of the whole coast was my bad luck.
They then fired at them with their muskets, in hopes of stranding the rope, but they failed in that also.Frank Mildmay
Captain Frederick Marryat
- 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
Word Origin and History for stranding
"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.