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STRAY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stray mean? 

STRAY (noun)
  The noun STRAY has 1 sense:

1. homeless cat

  Familiarity information: STRAY used as a noun is very rare.


STRAY (adjective)
  The adjective STRAY has 1 sense:

1. not close together in time

  Familiarity information: STRAY used as an adjective is very rare.


STRAY (verb)
  The verb STRAY has 3 senses:

1. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
2. wander from a direct course or at random
3. lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

  Familiarity information: STRAY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STRAY (noun)


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Meaning:

Homeless cat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

alley cat; stray

Hypernyms ("stray" is a kind of...):

domestic cat; Felis catus; Felis domesticus; house cat (any domesticated member of the genus Felis)


STRAY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Not close together in time

Synonyms:

isolated; stray

Context examples:

isolated instances of rebellion / a stray bullet grazed his thigh

Similar:

sporadic (recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances)


STRAY (verb)


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Meaning:

Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

stray; rove; wander; roam; vagabond; range; swan; ramble; drift; tramp; cast; roll

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "stray" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stray"):

maunder (wander aimlessly)

gad; gallivant; jazz around (wander aimlessly in search of pleasure)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2stray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wander from a direct course or at random

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

drift; err; stray

Context examples:

The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her / don't drift from the set course

Hypernyms (to "stray" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3stray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

digress; divagate; stray; wander

Context examples:

She always digresses when telling a story / her mind wanders / Don't digress when you give a lecture

Hypernyms (to "stray" is one way to...):

tell (let something be known)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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