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Definitions of stray

  1. To wander, as from a direct course, from company, or from the proper limits; to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to deviate; to roam; to run in a serpentine course. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To wander from the path or beyond limits; to roam; to err. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To wander: to go from the inclosure, company, or proper limits: to err: to rove: to deviate from duty or rectitude. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To wander; rove from the way; deviate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To wander; rove; roam. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. lose clarity or turn aside esp. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. homeless cat Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. A domestic animal that has wandered away or is lost; a person who wanders aimlessly or is lost. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A domestic animal that has strayed or is lost. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. A wandering or lost animal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A domestic animal that has strayed; an estray. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. An animal that has wandered. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. 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". Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To cause to stray. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. The act of wandering or going astray. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. Gone from the right way or beyond limits; wandering; as, a stray dog; irregular; occasional; as, a stray remark. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Wandering; lost; detached. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Having strayed; straying. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Gone astray. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Having gone astray; wandering. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for stray

  1. Far from their home two children stray Among the mountains far away, The eldest of these travellers bold, Jack Smith he was but six years old. – Poems of James McIntyre by James McIntyre
  2. He did not fire, and doubtless in the darkness saw merely a stray horse broken from the picket- rope. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
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