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Definitions of stray

  1. homeless cat Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. wander from a direct or straight course Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not close together in time; "isolated instances of rebellion"; "scattered fire"; "a stray bullet grazed his thigh" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. 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
  8. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To cause to stray. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. 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
  14. The act of wandering or going astray. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. A domestic animal that has strayed or is lost. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. A wandering or lost animal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. To wander; rove from the way; deviate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Wandering; lost; detached. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. To wander; rove; roam. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Having strayed; straying. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. A domestic animal that has strayed; an estray. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Gone astray. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. Any domestic animal that has left an inclosure and wanders at large or is lost. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. 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.
  29. To wander, as from a known road or place, from a company, or from proper limits; to ramble; to err; to go at large. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. Having gone astray; wandering. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. An animal that has wandered. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. str[=a], 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. (p.p. as -ED, 2), n., & a. Wander, go aimlessly, deviate from the right way or from virtue, lose one\'s way, get separated from flock or companions or proper place. (N.) strayed domestic animal; WAIFs& ss.; property of deceased person escheating to crown in default of heirs. (Adj.) strayed; scattered, sporadic, occurring or met with now& then or casually or unexpectedly, (a few stray instances; a stray customer or two came in). [Anglo-French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. n. Any domestic animal that wanders at large or is lost. Cabinet Dictionary

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