- 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 strandedMore example sentences
- 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 FranceMore example sentences
- 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.
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- The shore of a sea, lake, or large river: a heron glided to rest on a pebbly strandMore example sentences
- Of the total of 39 pilot whales that came ashore, 18 died and were buried on the strand by Dingle Coast Guard and Kerry County Council.
- The Annual Blessing of the Boats will take place on Friday, May 30, at 5 pm on the front strand at Cro-mane Lower.
- The Blessing of the Boats will take place on Saturday, June 5, at 5.30 pm in the front strand in Cromane Lower.
Old English (as a noun), of unknown origin. The verb dates from the early 17th century.
- 1A single thin length of something such as thread, fibre, or wire, especially as twisted together with others: strands of coloured woolMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A single hair or thin lock of hair: strands of dark hair had fallen over his browsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2A string of beads or pearls.More example sentences
- 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 leftMore example sentences
- 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.
late 15th century: of unknown origin.