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Stray meaning

stray - 11 dictionary results

  1. 1. lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking; " She always digresses when telling a story"; " her mind wanders"; " Don't digress when you give a lecture"
  2. 2. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.
  3. 3. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray.
  4. 4. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.
  5. 5. To cause to stray.
  6. 6. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep.
  7. 7. Any domestic animal that has an inclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray. Used also figuratively.
  8. 8. The act of wandering or going astray.
  9. 9. A wandering or lost animal.
  10. 10. To wander; rove from the way; deviate.
  11. 11. Wandering; lost; detached.

stray - examples of usage

  1. Next come the waggons, and after that the children searching for stray ears of wheat, for not one must be left behind. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. They begin their hunting by lying in ambush about the nearest farm; the first stray chicken they see is game. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  3. She was but a stray straw, and mattered very little. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
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