Meaning of STRAND in English


I. ˈstrand, -aa(ə)nd noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English strand, strond, from Old English strand; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch strant shore, beach, Old Norse strönd border, edge, seashore, Latin sternere to spread out — more at strew

1. : the land bordering a body of water : shore: as


(1) : the beach of the ocean, a sea, or an arm of the ocean

(2) : the land alternately covered and uncovered by the tide

b. : the bank of a stream

2. obsolete : wharf , quay

3. archaic : a faraway region

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb


a. : to run, drive, or cause to drift onto a strand : run aground : beach

pearly nautilus shells … have been found stranded … far south — Joyce Allan

left our boats stranded — William Beebe

b. : to leave behind by or as if by the receding of water

the cave suddenly drained off and stranded the fish — American Guide Series: Tennessee

the skull … which the hurricane had left stranded in the fork of a big water oak — W.F.Davis

2. : to place in an unfavorable position : leave without means of coping with the surroundings

when a wild and open land becomes … settled, certain men will be stranded in the new, restricting, and alien environment — Francis Ratcliffe

specifically : to leave in an alien town or country without funds or means to depart

he returned … almost penniless after paying his railroad fare from the … town where the company had been stranded — Current Biography

intransitive verb

: to become stranded : become propelled onto a shore

the ship stranded at length on the island — Isobel Hutchison

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English strand, strond, strund, perhaps from strand (I)

1. Scot & dialect England

a. : stream , current

b. : sea

2. Scot & dialect England : channel , gutter

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English strond, of unknown origin



(1) : fibers or filaments twisted, plaited, or laid parallel to form a unit for further twisting or plaiting into yarn, thread, rope, or cordage : one of the components of a plied yarn, thread, or rope

6- strand embroidery floss

(2) : one of the wires twisted together or laid parallel to form a wire rope or cable or an electrical conductor

b. : a thread, yarn, string, rope, wire, or cable especially when of suitable length, strength, or construction for a particular purpose

miles of open downland without a strand of barbed wire — Anthony West

the tug pulls, tightening the steel strand — C.G.Bell

2. : an element (as a yarn, thread, filament, or reed) of a woven or plaited material

3. : an elongated or twisted and plaited body resembling a rope

a strand of pearls

wet strands of hair were plastered on her cheek — Sheila Kaye-Smith

4. : a continuous patterned or structured whole forming a unity within a complex organization or activity

several strands of melody are heard at once — Robert Donington

the wife comes back … to pick up the strands of married life again — C.A.Lejeune

5. South : a pile of wood 8 feet by 4 feet by from 12 inches to 24 or 30 inches

V. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to break a strand of (a rope) accidentally


a. : to form (as a rope) from strands

b. : to play out, twist, or arrange in a strand

six pairs of copper wires insulated with polyethylene are stranded around a steel core — Annual Report of American Tel. & Tel. Co.

fourteen hundred feet of … hose were stranded from the catch basin over the hill to the reservoir — Fyr-Fyter News


a. : to lay a thread along an edge of (as a buttonhole) as a foundation for buttonholing

b. : to carry (an attached yarn) along the back in knitting having colored designs

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