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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strandnoun

    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. strandnoun

    line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable

  3. chain, string, strandnoun

    a necklace made by a stringing objects together

    "a string of beads"; "a strand of pearls";

  4. fibril, filament, strandnoun

    a very slender natural or synthetic fiber

  5. strandnoun

    a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)

  6. Strandverb

    a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels

  7. maroon, strandverb

    leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

    "the travellers were marooned"

  8. strandverb

    drive (a vessel) ashore

  9. ground, strand, run agroundverb

    bring to the ground

    "the storm grounded the ship"


  1. Strandnoun

    A street in Westminster running from Trafalgar Square to Fleet Street

  2. Etymology: the north strand (or shore) of the river Thames

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Strandnoun

    The verge of the sea or of any water.

    Etymology: strand , Saxon; strande, Dutch; strend, Islandick.

    I saw sweet beauty in her face;
    Such as the daughter of Agenor had,
    That made great Jove to humble him to her hand,
    When with his knees he kiss’d the Cretan strand. William Shakespeare.

    Some wretched lines from this neglected hand,
    May find my hero on the foreign strand,
    Warm’d with new fires. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Strandverb

    To drive or force upon the shallows.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Tarchon’s alone was lost, and stranded stood,
    Stuck on a bank, and beaten by the flood. John Dryden, Æneid.

    I have seen of both those kinds from the sea, but so few that they can only be such as have strayed from their main residence, and been accidentally intercepted and stranded by great storms. John Woodward, on Fossils.

    Some from the stranded vessel force their way,
    Fearful of fate they meet it in the sea;
    Some who escape the fury of the wave,
    Sicken on earth, and sink into a grave. Matthew Prior.


  1. strand

    A strand is a long, thin and flexible piece of something such as thread, hair, wool, wire, or even DNA. It could also refer to an element or a part of something abstract such as a different aspect or theme. In a broader context, strand can be used as a verb, referring to the scenario where someone or something has been left or put in a place without a way of leaving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strandnoun

    one of the twists, or strings, as of fibers, wires, etc., of which a rope is composed

  2. Strandverb

    to break a strand of (a rope)

  3. Strandnoun

    the shore, especially the beach of a sea, ocean, or large lake; rarely, the margin of a navigable river

  4. Strandverb

    to drive on a strand; hence, to run aground; as, to strand a ship

  5. Strandverb

    to drift, or be driven, on shore to run aground; as, the ship stranded at high water

  6. Etymology: [Probably fr. D. streen a skein; akin to G. strhne a skein, lock of hair, strand of a rope.]


  1. Strand

    Strand is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is part of the region of Ryfylke. Strand was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838. Høle was separated from Strand in 1842. To the north, lies Fiskå. Strand produces fruit, vegetables and dairy products, along with Fiskå Mølle. To the south, Tau is the communication hub with ferry connections to Stavanger and bus services to Hjelmeland and deeper into Ryfylke. About 10 kilometres southeast, Jørpeland is the largest settlement with about 5,500 people. Following the road southwards one passes Botne before entering into Forsand. To the east Bjørheimsbygd is a thriving agricultural site. The famous biker Gunn-Rita Dahle comes from Bjørheimsbygd. She has won a gold medal in the Summer Olympics 2004, in Athens. Holtaheia was the mountain behind Holta farm where 34 school boys, 2 teachers and 3 crew died, when the Cunard Viking flight 'Papa Mike' crashed into the mountain, en route to Stavanger.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strand

    strand, n. the margin or beach of the sea or of a lake: (Scot.) a rivulet, a gutter.—v.t. to run aground: to be stopped.—v.i. to drift or be driven ashore.—p.adj. Strand′ed, driven on shore: left helpless without further resource. [A.S. strand; Ger. strand, Ice. strönd, border.]

  2. Strand

    strand, n. one of the strings or parts that compose a rope.—v.t. to break a strand: to form by uniting strands. [Dut. streen, a skein; Ger. strähne.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. strand

    A number of rope-yarns twisted together; one of the twists or divisions of which a rope is composed. The part which passes through to form the eye of a splice. Also, a sea-margin; the portion alternately left and covered by tides. Synonymous with beach. It is not altered from the original Anglo-Saxon.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Strand

    The name given to the north bank of the Thames (from the Norse strönd, shore, border) in days when, with the exception of a few princely houses dotted here and there, the whole of this portion of London was open country.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Strand is ranked #3265 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Strand surname appeared 11,051 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Strand.

    90.3% or 9,981 total occurrences were White.
    4.9% or 546 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 232 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 179 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 65 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 48 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strand' in Nouns Frequency: #2371

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strand in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of strand in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Carroll:

    Our regulatory system is efficient and flexible, and I am confident that designation will not impact plans for the Strand Bookstore, in fact, the type of work she has described is typical for commercial storefronts and permits can often be issued quickly by staff.

  2. Kelly Thorvalson:

    I can hardly believe it. They don't strand alive very often.

  3. Ari Seth Cohen:

    It can be anything from an elegant woman walking down the street with a strand of pearls to someone who might have made their own clothing and (is) an artist, it's really about that spirit, that vitality, that expression of creativity. It's like a life force that is drawing me to them.

  4. Donald Trump:

    It takes a lot of work. I don't let anyone touch a strand of it but me.

  5. Bridget Byrne:

    The work of achieving racial justice in the U.K. is far from over, and that’s what this has revealed, whilst racism has become less socially acceptable to express openly, it is still very much a strand in British culture.

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