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Definition 1: an animal that has strayed (especially a domestic animal) - [noun denoting animal]

(stray is a kind of ...) any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment

Definition 2: lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking - [verb of communication]

Samples where stray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She always digresses when telling a story
  • her mind wanders
  • Don't digress when you give a lecture

Synonyms for stray in the sense of this definition

(stray is a kind of ...) let something be known

"Tell them that you will be late"

Definition 3: wander from a direct course or at random - [verb of motion]

Samples where stray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her
  • don't drift from the set course

Synonyms for stray in the sense of this definition

(stray is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(stray has a similar meaning as ...) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

"The gypsies roamed the woods" "roving vagabonds" "the wandering Jew" "The cattle roam across the prairie" "the laborers drift from one town to the next" "They rolled from town to town"

Definition 4: move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment - [verb of motion]

Samples where stray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The gypsies roamed the woods
  • roving vagabonds
  • the wandering Jew
  • The cattle roam across the prairie
  • the laborers drift from one town to the next
  • They rolled from town to town

Synonyms for stray in the sense of this definition

(stray is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of stray ) wander aimlessly

(... is a kind of stray ) wander aimlessly in search of pleasure

(stray has a similar meaning as ...) wander from a direct course or at random

"The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her" "don't drift from the set course"

(stray has a similar meaning as ...) go via an indirect route or at no set pace

"After dinner, we wandered into town"

Definition 5: (of an animal) having no home or having wandered away from home - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where stray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a stray calf
  • a stray dog

(stray is similar to ...) no longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered

"a lost child" "lost friends" "his lost book" "lost opportunities"

Definition 6: not close together in time - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where stray or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • isolated instances of rebellion
  • a few stray crumbs

Synonyms for stray in the sense of this definition

(stray is similar to ...) recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances

"a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"

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