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English Dictionary: stray by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
stray
adj
  1. not close together in time; "isolated instances of rebellion"; "a few stray crumbs"
    Synonym(s): isolated, stray
  2. (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home; "a stray calf"; "a stray dog"
n
  1. an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal)
v
  1. 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"; "They rolled from town to town"
    Synonym(s): roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): stray, err, drift
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): digress, stray, divagate, wander
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stray \Stray\, v. t.
      To cause to stray. [Obs.] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stray \Stray\, a. [Cf. OF. estrai[82], p. p. of estraier. See
      {Stray}, v. i., and cf. {Astray}, {Estray}.]
      Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or
      sheep.
  
      {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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stray \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.
                                                                              --Dryden.
  
      2. The act of wandering or going astray. [R.] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Stray \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.
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