1. Any domestic animal that has an enclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray.
  2. One who is lost, either literally or metaphorically.
  3. The act of wandering or going astray.
  4. An area of common land or place administered for the use of general domestic animals, i.e. "the 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. To wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.
  4. To cause to stray.


  1. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a stray horse or sheep.
  2. In the wrong place; misplaced.
    a stray comma

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