Straggling
Straggle Strag"gle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Straggled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Straggling}.] [Freq. of OE. straken to roam, to stroke. See {Stroke}, v. t.] 1. To wander from the direct course or way; to rove; to stray; to wander from the line of march or desert the line of battle; as, when troops are on the march, the men should not straggle. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To wander at large; to roam idly about; to ramble. [1913 Webster]

The wolf spied out a straggling kid. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

3. To escape or stretch beyond proper limits, as the branches of a plant; to spread widely apart; to shoot too far or widely in growth. [1913 Webster]

Trim off the small, superfluous branches on each side of the hedge that straggle too far out. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

4. To be dispersed or separated; to occur at intervals. ``Straggling pistol shots.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

They came between Scylla and Charybdis and the straggling rocks. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]


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