strain: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (strān), [key]
- to draw tight or taut, esp. to the utmost tension; stretch to the full: to strain a rope.
- to exert to the utmost: to strain one's ears to catch a sound.
- to impair, injure, or weaken (a muscle, tendon, etc.) by stretching or overexertion.
- to cause mechanical deformation in (a body or structure) as the result of stress.
- to stretch beyond the proper point or limit: to strain the meaning of a word.
- to make excessive demands upon: to strain one's luck; to strain one's resources.
- to pour (liquid containing solid matter) through a filter, sieve, or the like in order to hold back the denser solid constituents: to strain gravy.
- to draw off (clear or pure liquid) by means of a filter or sieve: to strain the water from spinach; to strain broth.
- to hold back (solid particles) from liquid matter by means of a filter or sieve: to strain seeds from orange juice; to strain rice.
- to clasp tightly in the arms, the hand, etc.: The mother strained her child close to her breast.
- to constrain, as to a course of action.
- to pull forcibly: a dog straining at a leash.
- to stretch one's muscles, nerves, etc., to the utmost.
- to make violent physical efforts; strive hard.
- to resist forcefully; balk: to strain at accepting an unpleasant fact.
- to be subjected to tension or stress; suffer strain.
- to filter, percolate, or ooze.
- to trickle or flow: Sap strained from the bark.
- any force or pressure tending to alter shape, cause a fracture, etc.
- strong muscular or physical effort.
- great or excessive effort or striving after some goal, object, or effect.
- an injury to a muscle, tendon, etc., due to excessive tension or use; sprain.
- deformation of a body or structure as a result of an applied force.
- condition of being strained or stretched.
- a task, goal, or effect accomplished only with great effort: Housecleaning is a real strain.
- severe, trying, or fatiguing pressure or exertion; taxing onus: the strain of hard work.
- a severe demand on or test of resources, feelings, a person, etc.: a strain on one's hospitality.
- a flow or burst of language, eloquence, etc.: the lofty strain of Cicero.
- Often,a passage of melody, music, or songs as rendered or heard: the strains of the nightingale.
- a section of a piece of music, more or less complete in itself.
- a passage or piece of poetry.
- the tone, style, or spirit of an utterance, writing, etc.: a humorous strain.
- a particular degree, height, or pitch attained: a strain of courageous enthusiasm.
Pronunciation: (strān), [key]
- the body of descendants of a common ancestor, as a family or stock.
- any of the different lines of ancestry united in a family or an individual.
- a group of plants distinguished from other plants of the variety to which it belongs by some intrinsic quality, such as a tendency to yield heavily; race.
- an artificial variety of a species of domestic animal or cultivated plant.
- a variety, esp. of microorganisms.
- ancestry or descent.
- hereditary or natural character, tendency, or trait: a strain of insanity in a family.
- a streak or trace.
- a kind or sort.
- strain (Thesaurus)