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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stray(adj)

    an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)

  2. isolated, stray(adj)

    not close together in time

    "isolated instances of rebellion"; "a few stray crumbs"

  3. stray(verb)

    (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home

    "a stray calf"; "a stray dog"

  4. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond(verb)

    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

    "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"

  5. stray, err, drift(verb)

    wander from a direct course or at random

    "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course"

  6. digress, stray, divagate, wander(verb)

    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"


  1. stray(Noun)

    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.

  2. stray(Noun)

    The act of wandering or going astray.

  3. stray(Noun)

    An area of common land or place administered for the use of general domestic animals, i.e. "The Stray"

  4. stray(Verb)

    To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.

  5. stray(Verb)

    To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray.

  6. stray(Verb)

    Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.

  7. stray(Adjective)

    Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a stray horse or sheep.

  8. stray(Adjective)

    In the wrong place; misplaced.

    a stray comma

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stray(adj)

    to wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way

  2. Stray(adj)

    to wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray

  3. Stray(adj)

    figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err

  4. Stray(verb)

    to cause to stray

  5. Stray(verb)

    having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep

  6. Stray(noun)

    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

  7. Stray(noun)

    the act of wandering or going astray

  8. Origin: [Cf. OF. estrai, p. p. of estraier. See Stray, v. i., and cf. Astray, Estray.]


  1. Stray

    Stray are a British band, formed in 1966. The vocalist Steve Gadd, guitarist Del Bromham, bass player Gary Giles and drummer Steve Crutchley formed the band, whilst all were attending the Christopher Wren School in London. Richard "Ritchie" Cole replaced Crutchley in 1968. They signed to Transatlantic Records in January 1970. The group's brand of melodic, hook-laden hard rock proved to be a popular draw on the local club scene during the early 1970s. However the band did not have commercial success with its record releases. At one stage Charlie Kray, was their manager. Gadd left the band in 1975 due to artistic differences and was replaced on vocals by Pete Dyer. The original Stray finally dissolved in 1977, although Bromham later continued to play in various resurrected versions of the project well into the 2000s. There are two Iron Maiden connections to Stray. "All in Your Mind" from Stray's 1970 debut album was covered by Iron Maiden, and Maiden bassist Steve Harris's daughter Lauren has covered "Come On Over".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stray

    strā, v.i. to wander: to go from the enclosure, company, or proper limits: to err: to rove: to deviate from duty or rectitude.—v.t. (Shak.) to cause to stray.—n. a domestic animal that has strayed or is lost: a straggler, a waif, a truant: the act of wandering.—adj. Strayed, wandering, astray.—ns. Stray′er, one who strays, a wanderer; Stray′ling, a little waif or stray. [O. Fr. estraier, to wander—estree, a street—L. strata, a street.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stray in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of stray in a Sentence

  1. bprincess10:

    When in despair, we tend to stray. Be optimistic, redemption is not far away!

  2. Nitin Dialdas:

    They have to be very careful they don't stray from the benchmarks as measured by the tracking error.

  3. Anwarul Islam:

    If a stray tiger comes out of the forest, people know that they will not be killed because of the tiger team. They feel safe.

  4. Suu Kyi:

    Stability is very important for the election period, instability should not be the reason to stray from the way the country is going.

  5. Zach Black:

    We take in abandoned, stray and abused animals and find them new homes and that would have been the outcome we would have liked for this dog.

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  • blouditCzech
  • streunend, Streuner, streunen, sich verlaufen, sich irren, irren, verloren gehenGerman
  • αδέσποτος, αδέσποτοGreek
  • vagar, callejear, perderse, descaminarse, callejero, errar, divagar, vagabundear, extraviarse, descarriarse, extraviadoSpanish
  • karannut, harhailu, karkaaminen, eksynyt, poiketa, karata, eksyä, karkulainen, yhteislaidun, harhautua, hairahtuaFinnish
  • errance, commun, égaré, errer, errant, [[animal]] [[errant]]French
  • fuadainScottish Gaelic
  • kóborHungarian
  • randagio, vagare, snodare, estraniarsi, vagante, snodarsi, zigzagare, perdersiItalian
  • ストレイJapanese
  • strayLatin
  • dwalenDutch
  • zbłąkany, bezdomnyPolish
  • desgarradoPortuguese
  • бродячий, заблудиться, плутать, бездомный, сбиться с пути, шальной, сворачивать, свернуть, блуждать, сбиваться с путиRussian
  • túlavý, zblúdiť, zatúlaný, túlať sa, potulovať saSlovak
  • arrakatAlbanian
  • தவறானTamil
  • başıboş dolaşmak, yanılmak, başıboş dolaşan, yoldan sapmak, kaybolmak, başıboşTurkish
  • 流浪Chinese

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