- 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.
- The act of wandering or going astray.
- historical An area of common land or place administered for the use of general domestic animals, i.e. "The Stray"
- 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.
Etymology: Middle English in origin, from the Anglo-Norman and Old French verb estrayer, and the Anglo-Norman noun and adjective (astrey, a)strey, both from the Old French estraié.
- To cause to stray.
- Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a stray horse or sheep.
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