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vb. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.


Syn. - To deviate; err; swerve; rove; roam; wander.


vb. To cause to stray.


 - adj. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a stray horse or sheep. Stray line (Naut.), that portion of the log line which is veered from the reel to allow the chip to get clear of the stern eddies before the glass is turned.


 - Stray mark (Naut.), the mark indicating the end of the stray line.


 - n. Any domestic animal that has an enclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; a stray. Used also figuratively. The act of wandering or going astray.

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