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Definition of Stray

Stray

  1. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.
  2. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray.
  3. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.
  4. To cause to stray.
  5. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a strayhorse or sheep.
  6. Any domestic animal that has an inclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray. Used also figuratively.
  7. The act of wandering or going astray.

Stray Quotations

Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray.
William Cowper

I stray away from formulaic, the formatted.
Christina Aguilera

I've always felt it's ridiculous to say, of any of the females in my life: You're my friend, you're my wife, you're my girlfriend, you're my co-worker. This is your box, and you're not allowed to stray outside of it.
Jack White

Puerto Rico has a stray dog problem. Tens of thousands of homeless canines - hundreds of thousands, by some estimates - live and die on the streets and beaches all over this Caribbean island of almost four million people.
Juliana Hatfield

As we hone the ability to let go of distraction, to begin again without rancor or judgment, we are deepening forgiveness and compassion for ourselves. And in life, we find we might make a mistake, and more easily begin again, or stray from our chosen course and begin again.
Sharon Salzberg
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Stray Translations

stray in German is abirren, vagabundieren (el.), streunen, streune
stray in Latin is erro, palor

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