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Definitions of stray

  1. homeless cat
  2. wander from a direct or straight course
  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"
  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"
  5. not close together in time; " isolated instances of rebellion"; " scattered fire"; " a stray bullet grazed his thigh"
  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"
  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".
  8. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.
  9. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray.
  10. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.
  11. To cause to stray.
  12. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep.
  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.
  14. The act of wandering or going astray.
  15. To wander from the path or beyond limits; to roam; to err.
  16. Gone from the right way or beyond limits; wandering; as, a stray dog; irregular; occasional; as, a stray remark.
  17. A domestic animal that has wandered away or is lost; a person who wanders aimlessly or is lost.
  18. Irregular.
  19. To wander: to go from the inclosure, company, or proper limits: to err: to rove: to deviate from duty or rectitude.
  20. A domestic animal that has strayed or is lost.
  21. A wandering or lost animal.
  22. To wander; rove from the way; deviate.
  23. Wandering; lost; detached.
  24. To wander; rove; roam.
  25. Having strayed; straying.
  26. A domestic animal that has strayed; an estray.
  27. Gone astray.
  28. Any domestic animal that has left an inclosure and wanders at large or is lost.
  29. 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.
  30. To wander, as from a known road or place, from a company, or from proper limits; to ramble; to err; to go at large.
  31. Having gone astray; wandering.
  32. An animal that has wandered.
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Usage examples for stray

  1. Returning very sorrowful, and caring now for nothing, I found this little stray thing lying, her arms upon her, and not a sign of life, except the way that she was biting. – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  2. 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
  3. If any of your horses should stray away, my young men will bring them back to you. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  4. We have to keep our eyes about us though, when coming through the wood especially, but we have not let a single sheep stray away as yet. – Waihoura, the Maori Girl by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. Stray clouds have cast their shadows on the landscape and darkened the room now and then. – Plays by August Strindberg, Second series by August Strindberg
  6. Domini did not let her eyes stray any more towards the stranger. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  7. From all points of view, then, the object of creation in art or science is a girdle of impulses from which the mind may not stray – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  8. The horses are close at hand, and you may be certain they won't stray while the feed is plentiful. – Dick in the Desert by James Otis
  9. Gladly; but, are we sure there are no stray Indians about? – Her Weight in Gold by George Barr McCutcheon
  10. He and his wife were happy people, and he never wished to stray from his path of happiness, not even with Mrs. Clarke. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  11. 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
  12. I could feel her other hand stray toward me. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  13. We met with no one in all the long day's riding, not even a stray negro, and indeed it was some hours since we had passed a house of any kind. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  14. I was nearly frightened out of my life- frightened by negroes and stray dogs, and afraid that I should see Freke every moment before me, and, if he should overtake me, I knew I should go back with him. – Throckmorton by Molly Elliot Seawell
  15. The Parisian is not a coward; but his individuality is so strongly developed that he objects to that individuality being destroyed by some stray shot. – Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris by Henry Labouchère
  16. But now let me offer you a stray handful of leaves from my note- book- mere suggestions of travel. – Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska by Charles Warren Stoddard
  17. Only pausing to push back a stray lock of hair, she ran quickly downstairs and into the living- room. – The Vision of Desire by Margaret Pedler
  18. But I saw that the fellow in the lead must be checked, or a stray bullet might hit me or the horse. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  19. She would show him that he could not go around picking up stray beauties and sending her after them to pet them for him. – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  20. When they stray away from their homes they have not wit enough either to find food which is suitable to them, or to hide themselves from dogs or wild animals who delight to worry them; so the best thing we can do is to fit them for the life we want them to lead. – Master Sunshine by Mrs. C. F. Fraser
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