- 1Move away aimlessly from a group or from the right course or place: dog owners are urged not to allow their dogs to stray the military arrested anyone who strayed into the exclusion zoneMore example sentences
- Once or twice I thought I had strayed into a lecture course for undergraduates, because it feels as if the writer is repeating things he has said before.
- The Marines were arrested after they strayed into Iranian waters.
- No fewer than four aircraft had strayed into the exclusion zone around Elvington, putting the lives of those in the air and on the ground at risk.
- 1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of the eyes or a hand) move idly or casually: her eyes strayed to the telephoneMore example sentences
- His right hand strays to his cheek where it's quickly becoming red.
- ‘Stephanie,’ Rayne began, eyes straying to my legs before falling on my face.
- The soldiers stiffened, their hands straying closer to the triggers pointed at her people.
- 1.2Be unfaithful to a spouse or partner: men who stray are seen as more exciting and desirableMore example sentences
- Many people say that if their partner strayed, they would prefer not to know about it.
- Spouses sulk or stray; their adoptive mother feels rejected; their children get neglected.
- Wild sex in all its variations night after night does not keep your partner from straying.
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- 1Not in the right place; separated from the group or target: he pushed a few stray hairs from her face she was killed by a stray bulletMore example sentences
- The long-haired variety needs a regular brush and comb and occasional trimming of stray hairs.
- A stray hair can lead to unpleasant sensations in one's mouth.
- She hurriedly grabbed her papers, gloves, and keys, tucked a stray hair behind her ear and looked sternly at me.
- 1.1(Of a domestic animal) having no home or having wandered away from home: stray dogsMore example sentences
- Your child should never touch or feed stray cats or dogs wandering in the neighborhood or elsewhere.
- And he has a string of bands to take to the stage to help raise cash for abandoned and stray cats and dogs.
- The stray cats were seen wandering around in the greenland of Yandlord Garden, playing and searching for food day and night.
- 2 Physics (Of a physical quantity) arising as a consequence of the laws of physics, but unwanted and usually having a detrimental effect on the operation of equipment: stray capacitanceMore example sentences
- This method relies on the assumption that the stray capacitance and membrane conductance are negligible.
- And so what we were trying to do was to design radio frequency probes that gave stray magnetic fields of a very precise nature that we could compensate for in the equipment.
- That's possible because all computers emit stray radiation.
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- 1A stray person or thing, especially a domestic animal.More example sentences
- The former stray, who had been Mr Boffey's companion for the past three years, was later found unharmed in another farm vehicle.
- It seemed to be a healthy animal, not a wild stray, and more importantly, it sported a black collar.
- Cats are meat eaters so a large bowl of good quality tinned cat food along with a handful of dried cat food and a bowl of fresh water will most probably get a very warm reception from a hungry stray.
- 2 (strays) Electrical phenomena interfering with radio reception.More example sentences
- A description of the origin and nature of strays and their classification is given; together with a number of methods for their elimination.
- Using this method, the test specimen may remain connected to the circuit throughout, so that a usual source of difficulty, the variation in strays upon connexion, is avoided.
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- The Senate Democrats, for instance, have four deputy whips whose job it is to get strayers into line on pivotal issues like, say, Social Security.
- Ray Jubitz was 3rd runner-up following quite a tidy round which unfortunately collected a few strayers affecting his final score.
- This observation contrasts with experiments with anadromous trout which show that strayers, i.e. individuals spawning in a ‘wrong’ river, are most likely to ascend a river in close proximity to the natal river.
Middle English: shortening of Anglo-Norman French and Old French estrayer (verb), Anglo-Norman French strey (noun), partly from astray.