There are 2 definitions of strand in English:

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Drive or leave (a boat, sailor, or sea creature) aground on a shore: the ships were stranded in shallow water quantities of sea creatures were were left stranded
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    • Yesterday at low tide, silt shut the slough like trap, and mud stranded boats on docks perched high above water.
    • In 1868 when the vessel was stranded on a beach in New Zealand, the then Captain rescued the figurehead.
    • I would like to inform the authority that I had only three outings on the lake this year and rescued two stranded day boats.
  • 1.1Leave (someone) without the means to move from somewhere: two of the firm’s lorries are stranded in France
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    • Elderly people are regularly stranded in hospital long after they should have been discharged because they have nowhere else to go.
    • However, hundreds of people were still stranded at British airports last night, queuing for limited places.
    • An estimated 500,000 people are stranded in remote mountain villages cut off from aid and supplies by landslides.

noun

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Origin

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

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There are 2 definitions of strand in English:

strand2

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Pronunciation: /strand
 
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noun

  • 1A single thin length of something such as thread, fibre, or wire, especially as twisted together with others: strands of coloured wool
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    • Fibre optics are thin strands of glass or plastic that transmit light by reflecting it.
    • Use silk thread or several strands of contrast cotton thread.
    • The teams then thread the strands into an automatic wire bailer.
    Synonyms
    thread, filament, fibre; length, piece, string; ply
    technical fibril
  • 1.1A single hair or thin lock of hair: strands of dark hair had fallen over his brows
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    • My ponytail had come partially undone so strands and locks of hair lay in my eyes, stuck to the sweat and tears on my face.
    • Not a single strand of her dark hair had escaped her complicated, coiling up-do and her clothes were stylish and wrinkle-free.
    • ‘Wonder what he's up to,’ Tatiana mused, curling a strand of dark brown hair around her finger.
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  • 1.2A string of beads or pearls.
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    • She wears a wide beaded choker and an extra-long strand of pearls double looped around her neck.
    • We both layered on fake pearls, her a choker and stud earrings me, layers of long strands of pearls.
    • He felt in his pocket, and found his target: a strand of rosary beads his mother had given him before he had gone to serve in the Guard three months before.
  • 1.3An element that forms part of a complex whole: the journal has carried articles representing many different strands of opinion on the left
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    • With the fellowship now splintered into three, the score of the second part becomes more complex than the first, weaving between the plot strands with different musical themes.
    • With hindsight one can see that historical and contemporary strands were discrete and complementary.
    • Cristofer also improves on, or completes, a plot strand in the novel.
    Synonyms
    element, component, factor, ingredient, aspect, feature; theme, strain, trope

Origin

late 15th century: of unknown origin.

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