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straying


stray  (str)
intr.v. strayed, stray·ing, strays
1.
a. To move away from a group, deviate from the correct course, or go beyond established limits.
b. To become lost.
2. To wander about without a destination or purpose; roam. See Synonyms at wander.
3. To follow a winding course; meander.
4. To deviate from a moral, proper, or right course; err.
5. To become diverted from a subject or train of thought; digress. See Synonyms at swerve.
n.
One that has strayed, especially a domestic animal wandering about.
adj.
1. Straying or having strayed; wandering or lost: stray cats and dogs.
2. Scattered or separate: a few stray crumbs.

[Middle English straien, from Old French estraier, from estree, highway, from Latin strta; see street.]

strayer n.
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