strand noun

1 single thread, hair, etc.

ADJ. long | thick, thin | loose | single

VERB + STRAND twist (together), weave (together) She wove the four coloured strands together into a ribbon.

PREP. ~ of a loose strand of hair

2 one part of a story, idea, etc.

ADJ. important, main | different, distinct, separate, various At the end, all the different strands of the story are brought together.

VERB + STRAND bring together, draw together, pull together, weave together | disentangle, unravel

STRAND + VERB come together

PREP. ~ to There are three main strands to the policy. | ~ in/within There are various strands in feminist thinking.

PHRASES strands of opinion/thought