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    strain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word strain

    Definition
    (noun) (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces Definition
    (noun) difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
    Synonyms : stress
    Example Sentence
    • she endured the stresses and strains of life
    • he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger
    Definition
    (noun) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    Example Sentence
    • she was humming an air from Beethoven
    Definition
    (noun) (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
    Example Sentence
    • his responsibilities were a constant strain
    • the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him
    Definition
    (noun) a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
    Synonyms : breed , stock
    Example Sentence
    • he experimented on a particular breed of white rats
    • he created a new strain of sheep
    Definition
    (noun) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
    Synonyms : form , var. , variant
    Example Sentence
    • a new strain of microorganisms
    Definition
    (noun) injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain Definition
    (noun) the general meaning or substance of an utterance
    Synonyms : tenor
    Example Sentence
    • although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument
    Definition
    (noun) an effortful attempt to attain a goal
    Synonyms : nisus , pains , striving
    Definition
    (noun) an intense or violent exertion
    Synonyms : straining
    Definition
    (noun) the act of singing
    Synonyms : song
    Example Sentence
    • with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates
    Definition
    (verb) to exert much effort or energy
    Synonyms : reach , strive
    Example Sentence
    • straining our ears to hear
    Definition
    (verb) test the limits of
    Synonyms : stress , try
    Example Sentence
    • You are trying my patience!
    Definition
    (verb) use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
    Synonyms : extend
    Example Sentence
    • He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro
    • Don't strain your mind too much
    Definition
    (verb) separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
    Synonyms : sieve , sift
    Example Sentence
    • sift the flour
    Definition
    (verb) cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
    Synonyms : tense , tense up
    Example Sentence
    • he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up
    Definition
    (verb) become stretched or tense or taut
    Synonyms : tense
    Example Sentence
    • the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;
    • the rope strained when the weight was attached
    Definition
    (verb) remove by passing through a filter
    Example Sentence
    • filter out the impurities
    Definition
    (verb) rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
    Synonyms : puree
    Example Sentence
    • puree the vegetables for the baby
    Definition
    (verb) alter the shape of (something) by stress
    Synonyms : deform , distort
    Example Sentence
    • His body was deformed by leprosy
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