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Strain meaning

strain - 27 dictionary results

  1. 1. a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; " he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; " he created a new strain of sheep"
  2. 2. injury to a muscle ( often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  3. 3. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  4. 4. A cultural subvariety that is only slightly differentiated.
  5. 5. Race; stock; generation; descent; family.
  6. 6. Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.
  7. 7. Rank; a sort.
  8. 8. To draw with force; to extend with great effort; to stretch; as, to strain a rope; to strain the shrouds of a ship; to strain the cords of a musical instrument.
  9. 9. To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it.
  10. 10. To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously.
  11. 11. To stretch beyond its proper limit; to do violence to, in the matter of intent or meaning; as, to strain the law in order to convict an accused person.
  12. 12. To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship.
  13. 13. To injure in the muscles or joints by causing to make too strong an effort; to harm by overexertion; to sprain; as, to strain a horse by overloading; to strain the wrist; to strain a muscle.
  14. 14. To squeeze; to press closely.
  15. 15. To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain.
  16. 16. To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation.
  17. 17. To press, or cause to pass, through a strainer, as through a screen, a cloth, or some porous substance; to purify, or separate from extraneous or solid matter, by filtration; to filter; as, to strain milk through cloth.
  18. 18. To make violent efforts.
  19. 19. To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil.
  20. 20. The act of straining, or the state of being strained.
  21. 21. A violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or tension, as of the muscles; as, he lifted the weight with a strain; the strain upon a ship's rigging in a gale; also, the hurt or injury resulting; a sprain.
  22. 22. A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress.
  23. 23. Any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style; also, a course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his career.
  24. 24. Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain.
  25. 25. Act of straining; injury from straining; division of a melody; note; song.
  26. 26. To make a violent effort; pass through a filter.
  27. 27. To stretch; exert to the utmost; injure by overtasking; sprain; filter.

strain - examples of usage

  1. In the strain of the night and the day, she had almost forgotten the things that she had heard her father say to the White Horse Chaplain, as she continued to call the Bishop. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. " Mother," said Dolph, " don't talk in that strain; I've been too long a charge upon you; it's now my part to take care of you in your old days. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. Above this point it might not stand the strain. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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