Definition of strand in English:


Syllabification: strand
Pronunciation: /strand


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.
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.
element, component, factor, ingredient, aspect, feature, strain


late 15th century: of unknown origin.

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