Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

strand 1

Land, typically a beach, bordering a body of water.
v. strand·ed, strand·ing, strands
a. To drive or run (a boat, for example) ashore or aground.
b. To cause (a whale or other sea animal) to be unable to swim free from a beach or from shallow water.
2. To bring into or leave in a difficult or helpless position: The convoy was stranded in the desert.
3. Baseball To leave (a base runner) on base at the end of an inning.
4. Linguistics To separate (a grammatical element) from other elements in a construction, either by moving it out of the construction or moving the rest of the construction. In the sentence What are you aiming at, the preposition at has been stranded.
1. To be driven or run ashore or aground: The boat stranded on the rocks.
2. To be stranded, as on a beach. Used of sea animals.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

strand 2

1. A complex of fibers or filaments that have been twisted together to form a cable, rope, thread, or yarn.
a. A single filament, such as a fiber or thread, of a woven or braided material.
b. A ropelike length of something: a strand of pearls; a strand of DNA.
c. A wisp or lock of hair.
3. One of the elements woven together to make an intricate whole, such as the plot of a novel.
tr.v. strand·ed, strand·ing, strands
1. To make or form (a rope, for example) by twisting strands together.
2. To break a strand of (a rope, for example).

[Middle English strond.]


A thoroughfare in west-central London, England, running parallel to the northern bank of the Thames River and eastward from Trafalgar Square in the West End to the City of London. Among its well-known fixtures is the Savoy Hotel.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. left helpless, as without transport
2. that has beached or run aground
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stranded - cut off or left behind; "an isolated pawn"; "several stranded fish in a tide pool"; "travelers marooned by the blizzard"
unaccompanied - being without an escort
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1. beached, grounded, marooned, ashore, shipwrecked, aground, cast away He returned to his stranded vessel yesterday afternoon.
2. helpless, abandoned, high and dry, left in the lurch He left me stranded by the side of the road.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
ajautunut jonnekin, josta ei pääse pois
오도가도 못하는
bị kẹt lại


[ˈstrændɪd] adj
to be stranded [traveller, holidaymaker] → être coincé(e)
We were stranded in Paris → Nous étions coincés à Paris.
jellyfish that were stranded on the beach → les méduses échouées sur la plage
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


[ˈstrændɪd] adj to be (left) stranded (ship, fish) → essere arenato/a; (person, without transport) → essere lasciato/a a piedi; (without money) → trovarsi nei guai
to leave sb strandedlasciare qn nei guai
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


مَتْرُوك uvízlý strandet festsitzen χαμένος encallado ajautunut jonnekin, josta ei pääse pois perdu zatočen bloccato 立ち往生した 오도가도 못하는 gestrand strandet pozostawiony własnemu losowi encalhado выброшенный на берег strandad ติดอยู่ในที่ใดที่หนึ่ง kısılıp kalmak bị kẹt lại 束手无策的
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009
References in classic literature ?
It is difficult for a seaman to believe that his stranded ship does not feel as unhappy at the unnatural predicament of having no water under her keel as he is himself at feeling her stranded.
"Taking the ground" is the professional expression for a ship that is stranded in gentle circumstances.
"Stranded" within the meaning of this paper stands for a more or less excusable mistake.
Besides though New Bedford has of late been gradually monopolizing the business of whaling, and though in this matter poor old Nantucket is now much behind her, yet Nantucket was her great original --the Tyre of this Carthage; --the place where the first dead American whale was stranded. Where else but from Nantucket did those aboriginal whalemen, the Red-Men, first sally out in canoes to give chase to the Leviathan?
Chief among these latter was a great Sperm Whale, which, after an unusually long raging gale, had been found dead and stranded, with his head against a cocoa-nut tree, whose plumage-like, tufted droopings seemed his verdant jet.
From our new Cape Horn in Denmark, a chain of mountains, scarcely half the height of the Alps, would run in a straight line due southward; and on its western flank every deep creek of the sea, or fiord, would end in "bold and astonishing glaciers." These lonely channels would frequently reverberate with the falls of ice, and so often would great waves rush along their coasts; numerous icebergs, some as tall as cathedrals, and occasionally loaded with "no inconsiderable blocks of rock," would be stranded on the outlying islets; at intervals violent earthquakes would shoot prodigious masses of ice into the waters below.
In the Appendix I have discussed at length the probability (at that time hardly thought of) of icebergs, when stranded, grooving and polishing rocks, like glaciers.
I hunted about and found them--found them stranded, idle, forgotten, and permanently useless.
8, allows the government to allocate a portion of the net national government share from the Malampaya natural gas project for the payment of the stranded contract costs and stranded debts.
'Stranded' from Regal Entertainment Inc., under the direction of Director Ice Idanan, is like a breath of fresh of air to the romance genre.
A total of 6, 445 passengers in several ports in the country were stranded as of Thursday noon, the Coast Guard said.
KARACHI -- An aircraft of the Shaheen Air International (SAI) brought over 200 pilgrims, who were stranded in Madina, back to Karachi early on Sunday morning.