Definitions for: Stray

[n] homeless cat
[adj] not close together in time; "isolated instances of rebellion"; "scattered fire"; "a stray bullet grazed his thigh"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] wander from a direct or straight course

Webster (1913) Definition: Stray, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Strayed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Straying.] [OF. estraier, estraer, to stray, or as adj.,
stray, fr. (assumed) L. stratarius roving the streets, fr. L.
strata (sc. via) a paved road. See Street, and Stray, a.]
1. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out
of the way.

Thames among the wanton valleys strays. --Denham.

2. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove
at large; to roam; to go astray.

Now, until the break of day, Through this house each
fairy stray. --Shak.

A sheep doth very often stray. --Shak.

3. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or
rectitude; to err.

We have erred and strayed from thy ways. --??? of
Com. Prayer.

While meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely
known to stray. --Cowper.

Syn: To deviate; err; swerve; rove; roam; wander.

Stray, v. t.
To cause to stray. [Obs.] --Shak.

Stray, a. [Cf. OF. estrai['e], p. p. of estraier. See
Stray, v. i., and cf. Astray, Estray.]
Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or

Stray line (Naut.), that portion of the log line which is
veered from the reel to allow the chip to get clear of the
stern eddies before the glass is turned.

Stray mark (Naut.), the mark indicating the end of the
stray line.

Stray, n.
1. 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.

Seeing him wander about, I took him up for a stray.

2. The act of wandering or going astray. [R.] --Shak.

Synonyms: alley cat, cast, depart, digress, digress, divagate, drift, isolated, ramble, range, roam, rove, scattered, sidetrack, sporadic, straggle, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander, wander

See Also: deviate, divert, domestic cat, Felis catus, Felis domesticus, gad, gallivant, go, house cat, jazz around, locomote, maunder, move, tell, travel

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