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1 A number of rope-yarns twisted together, ready to be laid up into a rope with other strands. A rope is said to be stranded when one of its strands is broken by too great a strain or worn too thin by chafing.

2 As a verb, it describes the state of a ship when it is driven ashore, or onto a shoal, usually by bad weather.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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