Meaning of STRAND in English


/ strænd; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


a single thin piece of thread, wire, hair, etc. :

a strand of wool

a few strands of dark hair

She wore a single strand of pearls around her neck.


one of the different parts of an idea, a plan, a story, etc. :

We heard every strand of political opinion.

The author draws the different strands of the plot together in the final chapter.


( literary or IrishE ) the land along the edge of the sea or ocean, or of a lake or river

■ verb [ vn ] [ usually passive ]


to leave sb in a place from which they have no way of leaving :

The strike left hundreds of tourists stranded at the airport.


to make a boat, fish, whale , etc. be left on land and unable to return to the water :

The ship was stranded on a sandbank.



verb and noun sense 3 Old English (as a noun), of unknown origin. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.

noun senses 1 to 2 late 15th cent.: of unknown origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.