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straggler

An aircraft that cannot or does not keep up with other aircraft on a mission or a formation.
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Those only who have experienced the warm cordiality that grows up between comrades in wild and adventurous expeditions of the kind, can picture to themselves the hearty cheering with which the stragglers were welcomed to the camp.
Stragglers arrived in groups continually; but once here those perambulating corpses separated; each begged for himself a place near a fire; repulsed repeatedly, they met again, to obtain by force the hospitality already refused to them.
At a few steps distant from the vehicle he now found a company of some thirty stragglers collected around an immense fire, which they were feeding with planks, caisson covers, wheels, and broken carriages.
The advance, with Heyward at its head, had already reached the defile, and was slowly disappearing, when the attention of Cora was drawn to a collection of stragglers by the sounds of contention.
The congregation being fully assembled, now, the bell rang once more, to warn laggards and stragglers, and then a solemn hush fell upon the church which was only broken by the tittering and whispering of the choir in the gallery.
But the return was no such easy matter: the stones were smooth and neatly cemented, and the rose-bushes and black-berry stragglers could yield no assistance in re-ascending.
org, match astronomers' ideas about what would be left if a blue straggler took gas from a now-defunct companion star.
To better understand cluster ageing, the team mapped the location of blue straggler stars in 21 globular clusters, as seen in images from Hubble and the MPG/ESO 2.
One straggler fell at the first so that leaves thoroughbred Mario Gomez and the perfectly groomed Cristiano Ronaldo.
Basically, in a mass-transfer scenario, the reason one star ends up as a blue straggler is that its companion dumps mass on it," says Christian Knigge (Southampton University, England).
The extent of the blue straggler population detected provides two new constraints for models of the star-formation history of the bulge.
You might spot a 5,000-pound elephant seal straggler, separated from the herd (and the hordes of field-trippers and tourists) currently at the nearby preserve, or, if you're really lucky, a California gray whale on its migration north.