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stray

a. a domestic animal, fowl, etc., that has wandered away from its place of keeping and is lost
b. (as modifier): stray dogs

stray

[strā]
(geology)
A lenticular rock formation encountered unexpectedly in drilling an oil or a gas well; it differs from an adjacent persistent formation in lithology and hardness.
References in classic literature ?
The police of the division have been instructed to keep a sharp lookout for straying children, especially when very young, in and around Hampstead Heath, and for any stray dog which may be about.
Numbers of horses were grazing in the neighborhood of the camp, or straying at large in the prairie; a sight most acceptable to the hunters.
I've bought Friars Pardon to prevent Sir Walter's birds straying.
The schooner seemed to be straying promiscuously through the smother, her head-sail banging wildly.
There was hardly an individual shrub which a wanderer, straying by himself through a forest, would not have been startled to find growing wild, as if an unearthly face had glared at him out of the thicket.