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A stray dog wanders the streets.
A stray kitten in Manila, Philippines.
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Etymology 1 [ edit ]
Middle English , stray , from strey Anglo-Norman , estray , stray Old French , from the verb (see below).
stray ( plural ) strays
Any domestic animal that has no
enclosure nor proper place and company, but that instead wanders at large or is lost; an estray. One who is
lost, literally or figuratively. An act of wandering off or going
An area of common land for use by domestic animals generally. ( historical )
An instance of ( radio ) atmospheric interference.
, 1926 Popular Radio, volume 9, page 191: This invention relates broadly to radio communication, but more particularly to a radio receiving system used for the reception of high frequency current signals wherever they are subject to interference from "static" or strays of an untuned or aperiodic character.
, John C. Mathisson, 1942 Radio Acoustic Ranging, page 652: Because of their shortness, such signals are usually easy to distinguish from the bomb returns but, when such a stray is recorded just before the bomb return, too close to be distinguished by ear [… ] , IEEE Power Engineering Society, 1976 Nuclear Power: Health, Safety, Waste Disposal, page 20: Electromagnetic interference EMI, radio interference RI, television interference TVI, and radio frequency interference RFI, can all be described as a confusion to received radio signals due to strays and undesirable signals. .
Ellipsis of stray bullet , “Just Another Day”, in 1993 Black Reign, performed by Queen Latifah: Hit by a stray, but I pray that there's a hood in heaven
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domestic animal at large or lost
act of wandering or going astray
Etymology 2 [ edit ]
Middle English , partly from strayen Old French , from estraier Vulgar Latin via strata , and partly from  Middle English , strien , streyen streyȝen ( “ to spread, scatter ” ), from Old English strēġan ( “ to strew ” ).
stray ( third-person singular simple present , strays present participle , straying simple past and past participle ) strayed
To ( intransitive ) wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.
To wander from company or outside proper limits; to ( intransitive ) rove or roam at large; to go astray.
To wander from the path of ( intransitive ) duty or rectitude; to err.
November 2 2014, Daniel Taylor, " Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
It was a derby that left Manchester United a long way back in Manchester City’s wing-mirrors and, in the worst moments, straying dangerously close to being their own worst enemy. To cause to stray; ( transitive ) lead astray.
c. (date written), 1594 William Shakespeare, “ The Comedie of Errors”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed, published [ward ] Blount 1623, , [Act V, scene i], line →OCLC 51: Hath not else his eye / Strayed his affection in unlawful love, , John Buchan, 1899 No Man's Land: To ease myself I was compelled to leave my basket behind me, trusting to return and find it, if I should ever reach safety and discover on what pathless hill I had been strayed.
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to wander from a direct course
ضَلَّ ( ḍalla ) Bulgarian:
отклонявам се ( otklonjavam se ) Czech:
bloudit (cs) Dutch:
dwalen (nl) Finnish:
eksyä , (fi) harhautua , (fi) poiketa (fi) French:
errer (fr) German:
irren , (de) streunen (de) Italian:
vagare , (it) snodare , (it) , snodarsi zigzagare (it) Latin:
, kotiti kōtitititi Old English:
błądzić (pl) , impf zabłądzić (pl) , pf zbłądzić pf Russian:
свора́чивать (ru) impf ( svoráčivatʹ ), сверну́ть (ru) pf ( svernútʹ ) Slovak:
, túlať sa potulovať sa Spanish:
errar , (es) divagar , (es) callejear , (es) vagabundear (es) Turkish: , başıboş dolaşmak yoldan sapmak
to wander from company or from proper limits
Etymology 3 [ edit ]
Middle English , from the noun (see above).
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stray ( not ) comparable
astray; strayed; wandering
The alley is full of stray cats rummaging through the garbage. 2017 April 6, Samira Shackle, “On the frontline with Karachi’s ambulance drivers”, in the Guardian :  The organisation fills many gaps left by the state, operating a dizzying array of services, including homes for victims of domestic violence, food banks and a shelter for stray animals. In the wrong place; misplaced.
a stray comma a stray bullet
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