A single hair, a noodle, even a line of thought — any of these things could be called a strand, a long thin length of something.

The noun strand describes things that are long and thin like a rope, or a strand of spaghetti, hair, or thread. Strands are often twisted together to form thicker, stronger things like cables. As a verb, the meaning is very different: "to leave helpless," like unreliable cars that strand their drivers, or a snowstorm that strands people at airports.

Definitions of strand
  1. noun
    line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
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    one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination
    rope yarn
    the strands out of which ropes are made
    type of:
    something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
  2. noun
    a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole
    “he tried to pick up the strands of his former life”
    “I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously”
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    form, pattern, shape
    a perceptual structure
  3. noun
    a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
    synonyms: fibril, filament
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    one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
    cobweb, gossamer
    filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
    one of two identical strands into which a chromosome splits during mitosis
    myofibril, myofibrilla, sarcostyle
    one of many contractile filaments that make up a striated muscle fiber
    any of various slender filaments that function as roots in mosses and ferns and fungi etc
    any of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus
    a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia; may be pointed or clubbed
    a specialized fungal hypha that produces conidia
    Rhizopus stolonifer, leak fungus, ring rot fungus
    fungus causing soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables and rings of dry rot around roots of sweet potatoes
    a dense mass of hyphae forming a root-like structure characteristic of many fungi
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    fiber, fibre
    a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
  4. noun
    a necklace made by a stringing objects together
    “a strand of pearls”
    synonyms: chain, string
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    jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)
  5. verb
    leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
    synonyms: maroon
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    abandon, desert, desolate, forsake
    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
  6. verb
    drive (a vessel) ashore
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    type of:
    bring ashore
  7. verb
    bring to the ground
    synonyms: ground, run aground
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    type of:
    bring ashore
  8. noun
    a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)
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    the land along the edge of a body of water
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