(a) One who comes from a foreign land; a foreigner.

I am a most poor woman and a stranger,
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,
And strangers to the sun yet ripen here.

My child is yet a stranger in the world.

I was no stranger to the original.

2. One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.

To honor and receive
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.

2. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.

Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, . . .
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.

(Stran"gu*la`ted) a.

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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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