There are 2 main definitions of strand in English:

strand1

Syllabification: strand
Pronunciation: /strand
 
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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
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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: they were stranded in St. Louis by the blizzard
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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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The shore of a sea, lake, or large river: a heron glided to rest on a pebbly strand
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  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Definition of strand in:

There are 2 main definitions of strand in English:

strand2

Syllabification: strand
Pronunciation: /strand
 
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noun

1A single thin length of something such as thread, fiber, or wire, especially as twisted together with others: a strand of cotton strands of grass
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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, fiber;
length, ply
1.1A 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.
1.2An element that forms part of a complex whole: certain strands of postmodern thought
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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, strain

Origin

late 15th century: of unknown origin.

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