Definition of strand noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//strænd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//strænd//
    Describing hair, Coastlines and the sea
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  1. 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. See related entries: Describing hair
  2. 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. 3(literary or Irish English) the land along the edge of the sea or ocean, or of a lake or river See related entries: Coastlines and the sea
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late 15th cent.: of unknown origin. noun sense 3 Old English (as a noun), of unknown origin. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.Extra examples He brushed a strand of hair from my face. She pushed a stray strand of hair out of her eyes. She tucked a strand of long dark hair behind her ear. She wove the four coloured strands together into a ribbon. There are three main strands to the policy. There are various strands in feminist thinking. a loose strand of hair He pulled at a loose strand of wool in his sweater. Thin strands of copper wire can be bent easily.
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