Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of straggle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from straggle, v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mode of dressing the surfaces of grindstones.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. spreading out in different directions

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Examples

  • Though "they had a very fine day" and everything is formally perfect "outward circumstances of arrangement, accommodation, and punctuality" the banded host of harmony dispersed in straggling sounds: "there was deficiency [...] a languor, a want of spirits, a want of union, which could not be got over" (III. vii, 331-32).

    Boxing Emma; or the Reader’s Dilemma at the Box Hill Games

  • In a dingy basement window a crooked sign, in straggling, penciled letters, caught Sophie's eye: "Room to let, a bargain, cheap."

    Hungry Hearts

  • She was dark, like her mother, but her features were irregular, and her hair fell in straggling, dim locks about her face.

    Further Chronicles of Avonlea

  • Here the memorandum ceased with a long line straggling from the letter y as if the writer had been surprised at his task.

    The Filigree Ball

  • The whole remnant of the wretched army now crossed in straggling parties to the landing-place.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • Their light brown hair was worn in short, straggling ringlets in front, and twisted up with a comb behind.

    Verner's Pride

  • Following the detectives the other members of the party came in straggling order, and it was well after 10 o’clock when the real business of the day was commenced in the top paddock at Kilmany Park, about a mile and a half further on than what is known as the racecourse paddock.

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  • Another reason for much of the straggling was the diet on which the men had to subsist.

    Lee’s Lieutenants

  • "Fort Pitt," as they were accustomed to call the straggling hamlet, stood at the foot of the hills at the confluence of the Allegheny and

    Far Past the Frontier

  • The clear whistle called the straggling figures together.

    There was a King in Egypt

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