Pronunciation: (strand), [key]
1. to drive or leave (a ship, fish, etc.) aground or ashore: The receding tide stranded the whale.
2. (usually used in the passive) to bring into or leave in a helpless position: He was stranded in the middle of nowhere.

1. to be driven or left ashore; run aground.
2. to be halted or struck by a difficult situation: He stranded in the middle of his speech.

the land bordering the sea, a lake, or a river; shore; beach.


Pronunciation: (strand), [key]
1. one of a number of fibers, threads, or yarns that are plaited or twisted together to form a rope, cord, or the like.
2. a similar part of a wire rope.
3. a rope made of such twisted or plaited fibers.
4. a fiber or filament, as in animal or plant tissue.
5. a thread or threadlike part of anything: the strands of a plot.
6. a tress of hair.
7. a string of pearls, beads, etc.

1. to form (a rope, cable, etc.) by twisting strands together.
2. to break one or more strands of (a rope).


Pronunciation: (strand), [key]
1. Mark, born 1934, U.S. poet, born in Canada: U.S. poet laureate 1990–91.
2. Paul, 1890–1976, U.S. photographer and documentary-film producer.
3. the, a street parallel to the Thames, in W central London, England: famous for hotels and theaters.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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