Pronunciation: (strā),[key] —v.i. 1. to deviate from the direct course, leave the proper place, or go beyond the proper limits, esp. without a fixed course or purpose; ramble: to stray from the main road. 2. to wander; roam: The new puppy strayed from room to room. 3. to go astray; deviate, as from a moral, religious, or philosophical course: to stray from the teachings of the church. 4. to digress or become distracted.
—n. 1. a domestic animal found wandering at large or without an owner.
2. any homeless or friendless person or animal.
3. a person or animal that strays: the strays of a flock. 4. strays,Radio.static.
—adj. 1. straying or having strayed, as a domestic animal.
2. found or occurring apart from others or as an isolated or casual instance; incidental or occasional.
3. Radio.undesired: stray capacitance.