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Meaning of strait

strait

Pronunciation: (strāt), [key]
— n.
  1. Often, a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water.
  2. Often,a position of difficulty, distress, or need: Ill and penniless, he was in sad straits indeed.
  3. a narrow passage or area.
  4. an isthmus.
—adj.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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