strand

1 [strand]
verb (used with object)
1.
to drive or leave (a ship, fish, etc.) aground or ashore: The receding tide stranded the whale.
2.
(usually used in the passive) to bring into or leave in a helpless position: He was stranded in the middle of nowhere.
verb (used without object)
3.
to be driven or left ashore; run aground.
4.
to be halted or struck by a difficult situation: He stranded in the middle of his speech.
noun
5.
the land bordering the sea, a lake, or a river; shore; beach.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch strand, German Strand, Old Norse strǫnd; akin to strew

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strand

2 [strand]
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; origin uncertain

strandless, adjective

Strand

[strand]
noun
1.
Mark, born 1934, U.S. poet, born in Canada: U.S. poet laureate 1990–91.
2.
Paul, 1890–1976, U.S. photographer and documentary-film producer.
3.
a street parallel to the Thames, in W central London, England: famous for hotels and theaters.
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strand1 (strænd)
 
vb
1.  to leave or drive (ships, fish, etc) aground or ashore or (of ships, fish, etc) to be left or driven ashore
2.  (tr; usually passive) to leave helpless, as without transport or money, etc
 
n
3.  a shore or beach
4.  a foreign country
 
[Old English; related to Old Norse strönd side, Middle High German strant beach, Latin sternere to spread]

strand2 (strænd)
 
n
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
 
vb
5.  (tr) to form (a rope, cable, etc) by winding strands together
 
[C15: of uncertain origin]

Strand (strænd)
 
n
the Strand a street in W central London, parallel to the Thames: famous for its hotels and theatres

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strand
"shore," O.E. strand, from P.Gmc. *strandas (cf. Dan., Swed. strand "beach, shore, strand," O.N. strönd "border, edge, shore," M.L.G. strant, Ger. Strand, Du. strand "beach"), perhaps from PIE base *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).

strand
"fiber of a rope, string, etc.," 1497, probably from O.Fr. estran, from a Gmc. source akin to O.H.G. streno "lock, tress, strand of hair," M.Du. strene, Ger. Strähne "skein, strand," of unknown origin.

strand
1621, "to drive aground on a shore," from strand (n.1); fig. sense of "leave helpless" is first recorded 1837.
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Example sentences
After cooking, the flesh pulls away from the peel in long strands.
And the road's-way unto her walls stood as the strands of a web.
In it, the stone asymmetrically joins strands of baguettes.
It's a full-born evolutionary idea in so far as the standard theory of
  evolution has two strands.
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