strand

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.

Primary Meanings of strand

1.
n
line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
2.
vn
leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)
Full Definitions of strand
1

n line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable

Types:
ply
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:
line
something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

n 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”
Type of:
form, pattern, shape
a perceptual structure

n a very slender natural or synthetic fiber

Synonyms:
fibril, filament
Types:
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barb
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
chromatid
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
rhizoid
any of various slender filaments that function as roots in mosses and ferns and fungi etc
hypha
any of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus
paraphysis
a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia; may be pointed or clubbed
conidiophore
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
rhizomorph
a dense mass of hyphae forming a root-like structure characteristic of many fungi
Type of:
fiber, fibre
a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn

n a necklace made by a stringing objects together

“a strand of pearls”
Synonyms:
chain, string
Type of:
necklace
jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)
2

v leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

Synonyms:
maroon
Type of:
abandon, desert, desolate, forsake
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

v drive (a vessel) ashore

Type of:
land
bring ashore

v bring to the ground

Synonyms:
ground, run aground
Type of:
land
bring ashore

n a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)

Type of:
shore
the land along the edge of a body of water

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