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2 : to move away or spread out from others of the same kind <The cabins straggled into the woods.
The author, a member of ASME's Pipeline Division, explains that pipeline engineering has straggled to develop as a single field of study due to the wide range of industries and government organizations using different types of pipelines for all types of solids, liquids, and gases.
The logic of autopoeisis--to create art from art's own inventory--extends to the gallery space that is used quantitatively, as a breeding ground, a territory to be straggled with and conquered.
Examples of twin-primes abound--17 and 19, for instance--but for more than a century, mathematicians have straggled without success to prove the conjecture.
Taxing authorities, courts, the AICPA, and other professional organizations have straggled with defining and regulating these transactions.
John's Gospel straggled in close to the year 100 A.
The Toon Army had straggled back to the North East in doleful retreat.
In the opening program's Serenade, ensembles straggled and there was insufficient attack.
At twelve, we straggled off, stuffing our mouths with a last sausage or artichoke heart, drunkenly driving to the Town Bar with its trio of black jazz musicians, where we ate enormous hamburgers; then we drove home drunk, and drove babysitters home drunk, and fell into the Saturday night coma until noon on Sunday, the New York Times and bagels, a late afternoon date for tennis followed by another cocktail party or supper--for a decade, for a useless decade of Scotch on the rocks, melted cheese on crackers, children put down by babysitters, hangovers, flirtations--ten years of weekends dancing to the blank anthem of distracted time.
Metro's domestic cash & carry business has straggled in recent years, recording just a 0.
CREATIVE COIF: The burning question of the night at the Creative Coalition Awards and Gift Gala Tuesday wasn't why people in Los Angeles can't drive in the rain - although that was a big topic of conversation as slightly damp attendees straggled in to the Luxe Hotel on Sunset - nor was it why funding for the arts has been cut dramatically.