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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STRAND, n.1 Also stron (Ork.). A beach or shore of the sea (Ork. 1929 Marw.: Cai. 1971). Now chiefly dial. or arch. in Eng. Also in place-names of streets or roads fronting or leading to the sea, as in Stranraer, or of reefs or sand-banks exposed at low water (see 1799 quot.).Sc. 1799 Trans. Highl. Soc. I. 28:
What are called Strands, in the Long Island, . . . are extensive arms or channels of the sea, dividing the islands from one another, . . . and, at the ebb, leave an access from one island to another by land.
Sc. 1803 Scott Minstrelsy III. 64:
[He] sent it to Sir Patrick Spens, Was walking on the strand. [Other versions: sand.]
Ork. 1969:
In Swona the stron is the place where fish are landed.

[Prob. orig. in O.N. strǫnd, rather than O.E. strand.]

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