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[strand] /strænd/
noun
1.
one of a number of fibers, threads, or yarns that are plaited or twisted together to form a rope, cord, or the like.
2.
a similar part of a wire rope.
3.
a rope made of such twisted or plaited fibers.
4.
a fiber or filament, as in animal or plant tissue.
5.
a thread or threadlike part of anything:
the strands of a plot.
6.
a tress of hair.
7.
a string of pearls, beads, etc.
verb (used with object)
8.
to form (a rope, cable, etc.) by twisting strands together.
9.
to break one or more strands of (a rope).
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; origin uncertain
Related forms
strandless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for strandless

strand1

/strænd/
verb
1.
to leave or drive (ships, fish, etc) aground or ashore or (of ships, fish, etc) to be left or driven ashore
2.
(transitive; usually passive) to leave helpless, as without transport or money, etc
noun (mainly poetic)
3.
a shore or beach
4.
a foreign country
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse strönd side, Middle High German strant beach, Latin sternere to spread

strand2

/strænd/
noun
1.
a set of or one of the individual fibres or threads of string, wire, etc, that form a rope, cable, etc
2.
a single length of string, hair, wool, wire, etc
3.
a string of pearls or beads
4.
a constituent element in a complex whole: one strand of her argument
verb
5.
(transitive) to form (a rope, cable, etc) by winding strands together
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin

Strand

/strænd/
noun
1.
the Strand, a street in W central London, parallel to the Thames: famous for its hotels and theatres
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Word Origin and History for strandless

strand

n.

"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.

v.

1620s, "to drive aground on a shore," from strand (n.1); figurative sense of "leave helpless" is first recorded 1837. Related: Stranded; stranding.

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