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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strayadjective

    an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)

  2. isolated, strayadjective

    not close together in time

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

  3. strayverb

    (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, vagabondverb

    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, driftverb

    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, wanderverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. straynoun

    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. straynoun

    The act of wandering or going astray.

  3. straynoun

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

  4. strayverb

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

  5. strayverb

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

  6. strayverb

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

  7. strayadjective

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

  8. strayadjective

    In the wrong place; misplaced.

    a stray comma

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strayadjective

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

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

  2. Strayadjective

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

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

  3. Strayadjective

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

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

  4. Strayverb

    to cause to stray

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

  5. Strayverb

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

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

  6. Straynoun

    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

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

  7. Straynoun

    the act of wandering or going astray

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

Freebase

  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. Anne Martin:

    In the one to three months after Easter, we traditionally see a spike in shelter rabbit intakes, in Northern California alone, thousands of stray and unwanted rabbits end up in the municipal shelter systems, and the majority of these rabbits are under a year old.

  2. Alexander Siddig:

    Maybe they thought, ‘Well, let’s prove that we’re going to stray from the books. We’re going to do something else, and he will be our first example of that.’ So maybe that could have been the case. Or maybe I just screwed up. Maybe I said the wrong thing to the wrong person.

  3. Al Sharpton:

    You know, two weeks after I did the eulogy at George Floyd’s funeral I did the eulogy for a 1-year-old kid in Brooklyn killed by a stray bullet in a gang fight, so it is not true that those of us that want police reform do not also at the same time want to deal with crime. And I think that the progressive candidates need to be more out on that.

  4. Dave Arnold:

    There’s still so much room in exploring new techniques in cocktails, classic cocktails made with standard mixers and the standard back bar are delicious. You don’t need to stray from that. But once you want to get into things you can’t make with classic techniques, that’s when you need to start pulling in newer techniques. This isn’t just for people interested in buying expensive equipment. It’s something that can work in any bar.

  5. bprincess10:

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

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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
  • منحرف شدنPersian
  • 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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