• Stray Bull
    Stray Bull
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stray not close together in time "isolated instances of rebellion","a few stray crumbs"
    • adj stray (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home "a stray calf","a stray dog"
    • v stray lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking "She always digresses when telling a story","her mind wanders","Don't digress when you give a lecture"
    • v stray move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment "The gypsies roamed the woods","roving vagabonds","the wandering Jew","The cattle roam across the prairie","the laborers drift from one town to the next","They rolled from town to town"
    • v stray wander from a direct course or at random "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her","don't drift from the set course"
    • n stray an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In India, a 9-year-old girl was "married" to a stray dog, which tribal custom requires in order to protect a child whose first tooth appears on the upper gum
    • Stray Any domestic animal that has an inclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray. Used also figuratively. "Seeing him wander about, I took him up for a stray ."
    • Stray Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err. "We have erred and strayed from thy ways.""While meaner things, whom instinct leads,
      Are rarely known to stray ."
    • a Stray Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep.
    • Stray The act of wandering or going astray.
    • v. t Stray To cause to stray.
    • Stray To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray. "Now, until the break of day,
      Through this house each fairy stray ."
      "A sheep doth very often stray ."
    • Stray To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way. "Thames among the wanton valleys strays ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than one million stray dogs and over 500,000 stray cats live in the New York City metropolitan area.
    • stray To wander, as from a direct course; deviate or go out of the way or from the proper limits; go astray.
    • stray To wander from the path of truth, duty, or rectitude; turn from the accustomed or prescribed course; deviate.
    • stray To move about without or as without settled purpose or direction.
    • stray Synonyms To straggle.
    • stray Wander, Rove, etc. See ramble, v.
    • stray To cause to stray; mislead; seduce.
    • stray Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; straggling; incidental.
    • n stray Any domestic animal that has left an inclosure or its proper place and company, and wanders at large or is lost; an estray.
    • n stray Hence A person or persons astray; a straggler; a truant.
    • n stray The act of wandering.
    • n stray A pasturage for cattle.
    • n stray Property left behind by an alien at his death, and escheated to the king in default of heirs.
    • n stray In wireless telegraphy, a disturbance due to fluctuating differences of potential between the top of the antennæ of a receiving station and the earth which sometimes affects the recording instrument and interferes with signaling. Also called an X.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over one million stray dogs live in the New York City metropolitan area.
    • v.i Stray strā to wander: to go from the enclosure, company, or proper limits: to err: to rove: to deviate from duty or rectitude
    • v.t Stray (Shak.) to cause to stray
    • n Stray a domestic animal that has strayed or is lost: a straggler, a waif, a truant: the act of wandering
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  • Lenny Bruce
    “Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.”
  • Rebecca West
    “She saw she had fallen into the hands of one of those doctors who have strayed too far from apparent in the direction of the soul.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.”
  • Buddha
    “As the Fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estraier, estraer, to stray, or as adj., stray, fr. (assumed) L. stratarius, roving the streets, fr. L. strata,sc. via,) a paved road. See Street, and Stray (a.)


In literature:

But you must take care not to stray away from them, nor go wandering about the fields by yourself.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
There had been stray straws in the past month.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
I was just voicing a stray thought.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
We set off early with pleasant and fair weather: a dog joined us, which we suppose had strayed from the Assiniboin camp on the lake.
"History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I." by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
The motor was very powerful and the driver was protected from stray bullets by an armored hood.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross" by Edith Van Dyne
My eye strayed to Ramon's chestnut horse standing under the shed.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
His vagrant fancy is straying here and there.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
With the latter idea in mind they did not stray far from the ship.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
It seemed as if that stray phrase of hers had taken away all the sting of the desire.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
Suppose he was hunting strays and saw them cache their loot somewhere.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

Now those paths I must wander alone,
Where once with a friend I have stray'd;
Whose voice seems in every sound,
And whose image in ev'ry shade.
"Absence" by Elizabeth Bath
This morning I sat by a maid,
And clasped her hand whiter than snow,
And I thought that an angel had strayed
From her home to make heaven below!
"To The Fair" by Anonymous Americas
Farewell, sweet maiden; at thy tomb
My silent footstep oft shall stray;
More dear to me its hallow'd gloom,
Than life's broad glare, and fortune's day.
"On The Death Of A Sister" by James Grahame
'Tis one who heard these chimes when young,
And who in age their praises sung,
Within whose breast their music made
A dream of home where'er he strayed.
"Those Shadon Bells" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Oh! when I think in what a thorny way
The feet of men must ever walk and stray,
I do not wonder that so many fall,
But wonder more that any stand at all.
""Where Is Thy Brother?"" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Angel-fair, Walhalla's charms displaying,
Fairer than all mortal youths was he;
Mild his look, as May-day sunbeams straying
Gently o'er the blue and glassy sea.
"Amalia" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

One stray cat was dead.
Gayle Gasque, who had been feeding the strays, thought so.
Nick Hornby to adapt Cheryl Strayed 's 'Wild'.
Election proves nation has strayed from No.
Republicans have strayed too far to the right.
Cheryl Strayed is having a hell of a year.
Cheryl Strayed 's 'Wild': finding the right time to tell your story.
Eat, Pray, Love Like a Badass: Cheryl Strayed , the Oprah Author 2.0.
Obama and Romney both strayed from facts in debate.
Today I speak with writer Cheryl Strayed .
Attendees include Junot Díaz, Cheryl Strayed , and Tony Danza.
Cheryl Strayed appears in the following.
Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Interview with Wild Author Cheryl Strayed .
Oprah's Book Club 2.0 kicked off with Cheryl Strayed 's powerful memoir, Wild.

In science:

This sensitivity means that the states are sub ject to decoherence from stray magnetic fields, in addition to any uncontrolled collisions that may occur.
Optimal purification of thermal graph states
We show that we can prevent the system from straying too far from this two-dimensional subspace, if the noise is of a “natural” origin: spontaneous qubit decay.
Robust quantum searching with spontaneously decaying qubits
In our case, however, the decay prevents the quantum state from straying too far from |si and thus from the subspace.
Robust quantum searching with spontaneously decaying qubits
The combined background count rate due to stray light and dark counts is 84 Hz.
A Single-Photon Server with Just One Atom
A good many similar items appear in other sections by sub ject matter, but here are some strays, roughly from large scale down to small.
Astrophysics in 2006