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Definition of "strand" []

  • The land bordering a body of water; a beach. (noun)
  • To drive or run ashore or aground. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring into or leave in a difficult or helpless position: The convoy was stranded in the desert. (verb-transitive)
  • Baseball To leave (a base runner) on base at the end of an inning. (verb-transitive)
  • Linguistics To separate (a grammatical element) from other elements in a construction, either by moving it out of the construction or moving the rest of the construction. In the sentence What are you aiming at, the preposition at has been stranded. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "strand" in a sentence
  • "(The word strand comes from the Old English word for "shore" or "river bank"; in German, Swedish and Dutch, the word means "beach".)"
  • "Once the strand is cut, the leg starts reaching for the next matching stretch of DNA in the track."
  • "Also, although they are very similar, the egg strand is from a channeled whelk."