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intr.v. strayed, stray·ing, strays
a. To move away from a group, deviate from a course, or escape from established limits: strayed away from the tour group to look at some sculptures.
b. To move without a destination or purpose; wander: cows that strayed across the road toward the river. See Synonyms at wander.
2. To be directed without apparent purpose; look in an idle or casual manner: The driver's eyes strayed from the road toward the fields.
3. To follow a winding or erratic course: "White mists began to rise ... on the surface of the river and stray about the roots of the trees upon its borders" (J.R.R. Tolkien).
4. To act contrary to moral or proper behavior, especially in being sexually unfaithful: "He strayed from his marriage and fathered a son with a village woman" (Adam Hochschild).
5. To become diverted, as from a subject or train of thought: strayed from our original purpose. See Synonyms at swerve.
One that has strayed, especially a domestic animal wandering about.
1. Straying or having strayed; wandering or lost: stray cats and dogs.
2. Scattered or separate: a few stray crumbs.

[Middle English straien, from Old French estraier, from estree, highway, from Latin strāta; see street.]

stray′er n.
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pl n
1. (Electronics) electronics Also called: stray capacitance undesired capacitance in equipment, occurring between the wiring, between the wiring and the chassis, or between components and the chassis
2. (Telecommunications) telecomm another word for static9
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However, the stray capacitance between two tubular electrodes creates a shunting capacitive conductivity at higher frequencies.
However several problems including stray capacitance, baseline drift, stability and sensitivity have motivated the development of new transducers and measuring systems.
3, where, [U.sub.n] is the equivalent interference source of the switching processes, R the resistance of the IGBT, [R.sub.g] the gate drive resistance, [L.sub.g] the inductance of the gate connecting wire, [L.sub.c] and Le the inductances of connecting wires of the collector and emitter, [] the stray capacitance between collector and gate, [] the stray capacitance between gate and emitter, [R.sub.ce] and [C.sub.ce] the stray resistance and capacitance between collector and emitter, [R.sub.h] and [C.sub.h] the coupling resistance and capacitance of the heat sink, and [C.sub.GND] the coupling capacitances between connecting cables and the ground.
Eliminate Measurement Errors Due to Stray Capacitance
Parasitic capacitance results from unwanted stray capacitance that exists between the parts of an electronic component or circuit due to their proximity to each other.
This, too, is important because a very large coil would have more stray capacitance than a compact one.
* Global stray capacitance also computed by Q3D Extractor.
In this configuration, the total capacitance of the probe is dependent on the stray capacitance [C.sub.s] and on the needle tip capacitance CX, which is itself a function of the solids concentration in the measurement volume.
Thin-film processing permits edge coupling of the inductors, which creates less stray capacitance than broadside coupled inductors.
The ISL78010 offers enhanced reliability against transients with its higher voltage capability, protecting against stray capacitance and parasitic inductances caused during switching.
Using this dual electrode, the 278's capacitance sensing technology cancels out all outside environmental factors, such as temperature fluctuation and stray capacitance.
When tied to the range of common electrical parameters such as resistance, dielectric loss, conductor loss, stray capacitance, signal skew and inductance (which can lead to crosstalk) and the potential reflections due to electronic stubs from common circuit features such as vias, the design challenge becomes confounding.