Pronunciation: (strand),[key] —v.t. 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.
—v.i. 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.
—n. the land bordering the sea, a lake, or a river; shore; beach.
Pronunciation: (strand),[key] —n. 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.
—v.t. 1. to form (a rope, cable, etc.) by twisting strands together.
2. to break one or more strands of (a rope).
Pronunciation: (strand),[key] —n. 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.