Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole
    I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously
  2. (noun, artifact) line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
  3. (noun, artifact) a necklace made by a stringing objects together
    a strand of pearls
  4. (noun, substance) a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
  5. (noun, object) a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)
  6. (noun, location) a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels
  7. (verb, possession) leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
  8. (verb, motion) drive (a vessel) ashore
  9. (verb, motion) bring to the ground

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Strand

  1. "shore," O.E. strand, from P.Gmc. *strandas (cf. Dan., Swed. strand "beach, shore, strand," O.N. str?nd "border, edge, shore," M.L.G. strant, Ger. Strand, Du. strand "beach"), perhaps from PIE base *ster- "to stretch out." Strictly, the part of a shore that lies between the tide-marks. Formerly also used of river banks, he… more
  2. 1621, "to drive aground on a shore," from strand (n.1); fig. sense of "leave helpless" is first recorded 1837. more
  3. "fiber of a rope, string, etc.," 1497, probably from O.Fr. estran, from a Gmc. source akin to O.H.G. streno "lock, tress, strand of hair," M.Du. strene, Ger. Str?hne "skein, strand," of unknown origin. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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