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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv astray away from the right path or direction "he was led astray"
    • adv astray far from the intended target "the arrow went wide of the mark","a bullet went astray and killed a bystander"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv. & a Astray Out of the right, either in a literal or in a figurative sense; wandering; as, to lead one astray . "Ye were as sheep going astray ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • astray To go out of the right way; go astray; stray.
    • astray Out of the right way or proper place, either literally or figuratively; wandering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Astray a-strā′ out of the right way.
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.”
  • St. Teresa of Avila
    “To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.”
  • Frank Swinnerton
    Frank Swinnerton
    “The man who fails because he aims astray or because he does not aim at all is to be found everywhere.”
  • Matthew Prior
    “Who walks the fastest, but walks astray, is only furthest from his way.”
  • Alexander Herzen
    “It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.”
  • Roger Von Oech
    Roger Von Oech
    “It's important for the explorer to be willing to be led astray.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Estray Stray
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a, on, and Stray.


In literature:

By a woman shalt thou go astray, and from a woman shalt thou return; yet thou shalt perish.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
She had been left an orphan in early life without a mother's love to guard and guide her, she went astray.
"Wit, Humor, Reason, Rhetoric, Prose, Poetry and Story Woven into Eight Popular Lectures" by George W. Bain
Astray, to go = erarigxi.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
Well, this time Dame Rumor is just a little astray.
"Miss Dexie" by Stanford Eveleth
In going we went astray, and took six hours to do the work of five.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
Or blind astray, does she make her sport To brazen and chance it out?
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
Provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged, for the tempter is ever at hand to lead them astray.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
Physicians in your world are frequently led astray by placing too much reliance upon what their patients tell them.
"Olympian Nights" by John Kendrick Bangs
In nine cases out of ten it is some one small unfortunate event that puts a man astray at first.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Good people, how very far astray your childlike simplicity has led you!
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
But I do know that they who speak of it could know, did know, and could not lead us all astray on this point.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
But, as usual, German judgment in the matter of psychology was astray.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
Be ignorant, and you shall not fear to go astray.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
She counselled him to think of her when he felt like going astray.
"Now or Never" by Oliver Optic
At last it was seen by a woman named Callahan, living in Boston, who was in search of a daughter who had gone astray.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
He liked to have her near him and when she was out of sight he felt a bit astray.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
A confusion of values has led women astray.
"Women's Wild Oats" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
He probably did not mean to be either, but his confidence in his ability to steer through anything led him astray.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
It is so plain and simple that no one need be led astray.
"Sanctification" by J. W. Byers

In poetry:

This I beseech thee
This I pray,
Whither thou goest
Don't leave me astray.
"Whither Or Whether" by Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron
if e'er I go astray,
He doth my Soul reclaim;
And guides me in his own right way,
For his most holy name.
"Psalm 23" by Isaac Watts
For under the year's broad shadow,
Along the upward way,
Our footsteps often falter,
And oftea wander astray.
"Christmas Hymn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Ovid is the surest guide
You can name to show the way
To any woman, maid, or bride,
Who resolves to go astray.
"Written In An Ovid" by Matthew Prior
So far and wide it wandered,
So many a dusk-sweet way,
I thought the little wood-path
Was guiding me astray–
"The Wood-Path" by Margaret Widdemer
Far in a wilderness obscure
The lonely mansion lay;
A refuge to the neighbouring poor
And strangers led astray.
"Edwin and Angela, A Ballad" by Oliver Goldsmith

In news:

But Matteson is a professional golfer and when their balls go astray, it's hands off or else.
It challenged authority, poked fun at religion and was accused of leading children astray.
It challenged authority, poked fun at religion, and was accused of leading children astray.
He says that most militants are ordinary people who have been led astray.
Fed's Lacker: Guidance Thresholds Might Lead Astray .
Leading Astray Streak at 4 With Pucker Up Win.
Leading Astray (left) gets up late to win the Pucker Up.
Leading Astray wins Pucker Up Stakes.
Seymour man charged in leading police astray.
Letters mailed to Lienchiang County, which includes the island of Matsu, often go astray.
There's thought to be a bit of influence from " pixie -led," a term used to mean "led astray by pixies, " as well.
How a zealot 's word led us astray on autism.
Barrow averaged 46.7 yards on seven kicks at South Carolina, but a couple of kicks went astray.
A chorus of children's voices from St John Academy and National Cathedral School was an angelic presence, isolated in the choir largely unseen, but the distance from the orchestra led it astray in terms of intonation.
Astray by Emma Donoghue Little, Brown, 275 pp.

In science:

If one simply computes the gain and loss terms, the near cancellation goes astray once the cancellation happens beyond the 14th digit.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
Linder and Miquel give a historical overview, titled ‘reality check’, which seeks to show by example that model selection techniques, if applied in the past, would have led researchers astray.
Comment on `Tainted evidence: cosmological model selection versus fitting', by Eric V. Linder and Ramon Miquel (astro-ph/0702542v2)
There is, in particular, a tendency for a relatively superficial focus on the relatively formal aspects of Bell’s arguments, to lead commentators astray.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
The long checkered intellectual history of humanity clearly shows how rapidly pure theoretical speculation goes astray when it is not tightly constrained by an external guiding force.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
To explain the general statement would lead us too far astray so we restrict ourselves to stating the required corollary.
Combinatorial theorems in sparse random sets
It has the conceptual advantage, however, of being insensitive to field redefinitions, and so of never leading one badly astray through the mistaken use of “bad” variables.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
In my opinion, this eventually leads him hopelessly astray.
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
Since all of our experience so far has been confined to the equilibrium state, it would not be surprising if we were led astray in our attempts to construct a subquantum (or hidden-variables) theory.
Astrophysical and Cosmological Tests of Quantum Theory
Thus, if you have previously met supernova remnants, Venn diagrams, and the Small Magellanic Cloud, you cannot be led too far astray by Venn diagrams of SNRs in the SMC (Filipovich et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
The Eddington effect (Eddington 1913) is not the same as Malmquist bias, but, like having too few beams per source, it can also lead your counts astray, as indeed can using the wrong correction method where your counts are incomplete (Geijo et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Section 5 discusses this choice, in the form of a list of reasons why the theoretical null, and its close friend the permutation null, might go astray.
Microarrays, Empirical Bayes and the Two-Groups Model
Knowing that Sheldon Ross is unbeatable at combinatorial probability problems, CMG looked up this paper—and was thoroughly led astray.
Applying coupon-collecting theory to computer-aided assessments