• The tree flies away, stranding the treasure seekers
    The tree flies away, stranding the treasure seekers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strand bring to the ground "the storm grounded the ship"
    • v strand drive (a vessel) ashore
    • v strand leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue "the travellers were marooned"
    • n strand a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string of beads","a strand of pearls"
    • n strand line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
    • n strand a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole "he tried to pick up the strands of his former life","I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously"
    • n Strand a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels
    • n strand a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)
    • n strand a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Stranded! After Storm has Ceased and Tide has Ebbed Stranded! After Storm has Ceased and Tide has Ebbed

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average person loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.
    • n Strand One of the twists, or strings, as of fibers, wires, etc., of which a rope is composed.
    • n Strand The shore, especially the beach of a sea, ocean, or large lake; rarely, the margin of a navigable river.
    • v. t Strand To break a strand of (a rope).
    • v. i Strand To drift, or be driven, on shore to run aground; as, the ship stranded at high water.
    • v. t Strand To drive on a strand; hence, to run aground; as, to strand a ship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Forensic scientists can determine a person's sex, age, and race by examining a single strand of hair.
    • n strand The shore or beach of the sea or ocean, or (in former use) of a lake or river; shore; beach.
    • n strand A small brook or rivulet.
    • n strand A passage for water; a gutter.
    • strand To drive or run aground on the sea-shore: as, the ship was stranded in the fog: often used figuratively.
    • strand To drift or be driven on shore; run aground, as a ship.
    • strand To be cheeked or stopped; come to a standstill.
    • n strand A number of yarns or wires twisted together to form one of the parts of which a rope is twisted; hence, one of a number of flexible things, as grasses, strips of bark, or hair, twisted or woven together. Three or more strands twisted together form a rope. See cut under crown, v. t., 9.
    • n strand A single thread; a filament; a fiber.
    • n strand A string.
    • strand To break one or more of the strands of (a rope).
    • strand In rope-making, to form by the union or twisting of strands.
    • strand Specifically, in law, to ground: said of the running of a vessel by accident upon the sands or rocks so that she is helpless there for some time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Strand strand the margin or beach of the sea or of a lake:
    • v.t Strand to run aground: to be stopped
    • v.i Strand to drift or be driven ashore
    • n Strand strand one of the strings or parts that compose a rope
    • v.t Strand to break a strand: to form by uniting strands
    • n Strand strand (Scot.) a rivulet, a gutter
    • ***


  • George Eliot
    “Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?”
  • O. Henry Porter
    O. Henry Porter
    “She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.”
  • Owen Felltham
    Owen Felltham
    “Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably fr. D. streen, a skein; akin to G. strähne, a skein, lock of hair, strand of a rope
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strand; Ger. strand, Ice. strönd, border.


In literature:

And once more they heard the fairy music, and marching on the strand before them were the nine little pipers.
"The Golden Spears" by Edmund Leamy
Then he thought how he could weave the strands together.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
A litter of gigantic rope-strands was around us.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
The blade broke out of the handle when one strand only had been severed.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
In 1803-4 a removal to 145, Strand, opposite Catherine Street, was made.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
Who composed "Let's all go down the Strand," a song that surely should have been adopted as The Anthem of London?
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
The gray strand on which I stood was a narrow strip following the foot of the wall.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Three-cord spool cotton is made of three strands of yarn, each of the same number as the thread.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
That the whale in question had not stranded in the memory of man the Chukches assured me unanimously.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Short time as their pursuers had stayed upon the strand, it seemed an age to the submerged midshipmen.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

He saw her lonely on the beach;
He saw her on the strand;
And far as human eye can reach
He saw her wave her hand!
"The Troops Were Embarked" by John Mayne
It was a messenger of woe
Has sought the Austrian land:
"Ah! gracious lady, evil news!
My lord lies on the strand.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
He saw her, lonely, on the beach;
He saw her on the strand;
And, far as human eye can reach,
He saw her wave her hand!
"Rosabell" by John Mayne
But twenty days he waited and more,
Pacing the strand alone,
Or ever he sat his manly foot
On the rock,—­the Eddystone.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
What sound shall pass the gulfs where groan
Their sullen axles on the night?
What thunder from the strands of light
Whence Vega glares on worlds unknown?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Oh, peerless strand! I yearn no more
To mingle with the maddened throng;
Enough for me this wave-kissed shore,
The vesper-bell, the fountain's song,
The sunlit sail, the Alpine glow,
And storied towers of long ago.
"Evening On Lake Como" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Many hobby stores and big box department stores sell strands of "chip" stones.
John is among climbers at Camp II who are stranded in the highest winds there this year.
Heavy rains pounded northeast Tennessee Sunday stranding vehicles and surrounding homes and apartments with flood waters.
Hot Congress doesn't function as a musical collective so much as a support system between friends and compatriots in one strand of the underground music scene in Denver.
No one is an island, but if you've been stranded indoors during this summer's excessive heat you may well feel a little distant from all that outdoor summer fun.
Using a computer to identify patterns, an expert patiently deciphers the message, taking into account strand color and thickness and knot placement and type.
Ship stranded off New Zealand.
After a ship sank in the ocean, three men ended up stranded in a lifeboat .
Grand Strand's other Moody leads Loris over North Myrtle Beach.
Above right, the basket trick from The Strand Magazine.
Passengers at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport remain stranded on Oct 31, 2012 even as the airport resumes some service after being closed due to Hurricane Sandy.
Brake malfunction stranded WindSeeker passengers in midair .
Courtesy of Magnet Releasing Whitney Able plays a stranded heiress in "Monsters," a film made by Gareth Edwards for $15,000.
Strand Acquires Carol Morley 's Documentary 'Dreams of Life'.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Carol Morley 's documentary Dreams of Life, which screened at this year's SXSW film festival.

In science:

Each of its strands was formed out of a different set of genes.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
The model double-stranded biopolymer is formed by two Gaussian chains.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
Phase diagram for a double-stranded biopolymer with a symmetric potential.
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
For degree reasons the linear strand of C• (Q) is the same as the one of C• except for the first step.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
Figure 1b is a topographic image of some of the λ-DNA strands used in the experiment.
Reply to ``Comment on `Insulating Behavior of $\lambda$-DNA on the Micron Scale' "