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strand

Noun

1 a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole; "he tried to pick up the strands of his former life"; "I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously"
2 line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
3 a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string of beads"; "a strand of pearls"; [syn: chain, string]
4 a very slender natural or synthetic fiber [syn: fibril, filament]
5 a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)
6 a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels v : leave stranded or isolated withe little hope og rescue; "the travellers were marooned" [syn: maroon]

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see Strand

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

etyl ang strand. Cognate with West Frisian straun, Dutch strand, German Strand, Swedish strand.

Noun

  1. In the context of "now|_|poetic|_|or|_|archaic": The flat area of land bordering a body of water; a beach or shore.
Translations
beach
  • Danish: strand
  • Estonian: rand
  • Finnish: ranta
  • German: Strand
  • Norwegian: strand
  • Russian: берег
  • Spanish: playa
  • Swedish: strand

Verb

  1. To run aground.
  2. To leave (someone) in a difficult situation; to abandon or desert.
  3. transitive baseball To cause the third out of an inning to be made, leaving a runner on base.
    Jones pops up; that's going to strand a pair.
Synonyms
Translations
run aground
leave someone in a difficult situation

Etymology 2

Origin uncertain.

Noun

  1. Each of the strings which, twisted together, make up a rope or cord.
  2. A string.
  3. An individual length of any fine, string-like substance.
    strand of spaghetti
    strand of hair.
  4. A group of wires, usually twisted or braided.
  5. In the context of "broadcasting": A series of programmes on a particular theme or linked subject.
Translations
Note: many languages have particular words for “a strand of ” that are different for each substance. The translations below refer to strands in general. You might find a more appropriate translation under the word for the substance itself.
short string
strand of hair
  • German: Strähne
  • Spanish: pequeño mechón

Afrikaans

Noun

  1. beach

Danish

Noun

  1. beach

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. beach

See also

Hungarian

Noun

  1. beach
  2. open-air bath

Middle English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

From strand.

Noun

enm-noun strandes

Norwegian

Noun

  1. beach

Synonyms

Old English

Etymology

Akin to Old Norse strönd.

Noun

  1. beach

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. beach

Inflection

See also

Extensive Definition

A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles along the shoreline of a body of water.
Strand or The Strand may also refer to:

Geography

People

Other

strand in German: Strand (Begriffsklärung)
strand in French: Strand
strand in Japanese: ストランド
strand in Dutch: Strand
strand in Norwegian: Strand_(andre_betydninger)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

animal fiber, artificial fiber, bank, beach, berm, capillament, cast away, cilium, cirrus, coast, coastland, coastline, cobweb, denier, embankment, fiber, fibrilla, filament, filamentule, flagellum, foreshore, gossamer, ground, hair, hank, ironbound coast, lido, littoral, pile up, plage, playa, riverside, riviera, rockbound coast, run aground, sands, sea margin, seabank, seabeach, seaboard, seacliff, seacoast, seashore, seaside, shingle, shipwreck, shore, shoreline, skein, submerged coast, suture, take the ground, tendril, thread, threadlet, tidewater, waterfront, waterside, web, wreck
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