- 1a single thin piece of thread, wire, hair, etc. a strand of wool a few strands of dark hair She wore a single strand of pearls around her neck.
- 2one of the different parts of an idea, a plan, a story, etc. We heard every strand of political opinion. The author draws the different strands of the plot together in the final chapter.
- 3 (literary) the land along the edge of the ocean, or of a lake or river