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Meaning of STRAGGLE

Pronunciation:  'stragul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a wandering or disorderly grouping (of things or persons); "a straggle of outbuildings"; "a straggle of followers"
  2. [v]  go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; "Branches straggling out quite far"
  3. [v]  wander from a direct or straight course

STRAGGLE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: depart, digress, sidetrack, sprawl, stray
 See Also: deviate, distribute, divert, group, grouping, spread



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Strag"gle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Straggled}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Straggling}.] [Freq. of OE. straken to roam, to
    stroke. See {Stroke}, v. t.]
    1. To wander from the direct course or way; to rove; to
       stray; to wander from the line of march or desert the line
       of battle; as, when troops are on the march, the men
       should not straggle. --Dryden.
    2. To wander at large; to roam idly about; to ramble.
             The wolf spied out a straggling kid.  --L'Estrange.
    3. To escape or stretch beyond proper limits, as the branches
       of a plant; to spread widely apart; to shoot too far or
       widely in growth.
             Trim off the small, superfluous branches on each
             side of the hedge that straggle too far out.
    4. To be dispersed or separated; to occur at intervals.
       ``Straggling pistol shots.'' --Sir W. Scott.
             They came between Scylla and Charybdis and the
             straggling rocks.                     --Sir W.
  2. \Strag"gle\, n.
    The act of straggling. [R.] --Carlyle.