(a) One who comes from a foreign land; a foreigner.
I am a most poor woman and a stranger,Shak.
Born out of your dominions.
(b) One whose home is at a distance from the place where he is, but in the same country.
(c) One who is unknown or unacquainted; as, the gentleman is a stranger to me; hence, one not admitted
to communication, fellowship, or acquaintance.
Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear,Granville.
And strangers to the sun yet ripen here.
My child is yet a stranger in the world.Shak.
I was no stranger to the original.Dryden.
2. One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.
To honor and receiveMilton.
Our heavenly stranger.
3. (Law) One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes
without right; as, actual possession of land gives a good title against a stranger having no title; as to
strangers, a mortgage is considered merely as a pledge; a mere stranger to the levy.
(Stran"ger), v. t. To estrange; to alienate. [Obs.] Shak.
(Stran"gle) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strangled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Strangling ] [OF. estrangler, F. étrangler,
L. strangulare, Gr. fr. a halter; and perhaps akin to E. string, n. Cf. Strain, String.]
1. To compress the windpipe of (a person or animal) until death results from stoppage of respiration; to
choke to death by compressing the throat, as with the hand or a rope.
Our Saxon ancestors compelled the adulteress to strangle herself.Ayliffe.
2. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.
Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, . . .Shak.
And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
3. To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress. "Strangle such thoughts." Shak.
(Stran"gle), v. i. To be strangled, or suffocated.
(Stran"gle*a*ble) a. Capable of being strangled. [R.] Chesterfield.
(Stran"gler) n. One who, or that which, strangles. "The very strangler of their amity." Shak.
(Stran"gles) n. A disease in horses and swine, in which the upper part of the throat, or groups
of lymphatic glands elsewhere, swells.
(Stran"gu*late) a. (Bot.) Strangulated.
1. (Med.) Having the circulation stopped by compression; attended with arrest or obstruction of circulation,
caused by constriction or compression; as, a strangulated hernia.
2. (Bot.) Contracted at irregular intervals, if tied with a ligature; constricted.