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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stray  \Stray\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Strayed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Straying}.]  [OF.  estraier  estraer  to  stray,  or  as  adj., 
  stray,  fr  (assumed)  L.  stratarius  roving  the  streets,  fr  L. 
  strata  (sc.  via)  a  paved  road.  See  {Street},  and  {Stray},  a.] 
  1.  To  wander,  as  from  a  direct  course;  to  deviate,  or  go  out 
  of  the  way 
  Thames  among  the  wanton  valleys  strays.  --Denham. 
  2.  To  wander  from  company,  or  from  the  proper  limits;  to  rove 
  at  large  to  roam;  to  go  astray. 
  Now  until  the  break  of  day  Through  this  house  each 
  fairy  stray.  --Shak. 
  A  sheep  doth  very  often  stray.  --Shak. 
  3.  Figuratively,  to  wander  from  the  path  of  duty  or 
  rectitude;  to  err. 
  We  have  erred  and  strayed  from  thy  ways.  --???  of 
  Com.  Prayer. 
  While  meaner  things  whom  instinct  leads,  Are  rarely 
  known  to  stray.  --Cowper. 
  Syn:  To  deviate;  err;  swerve;  rove;  roam;  wander. 

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