Definitions of strain

  1. To make violent efforts; to be filtered.
  2. To draw out with force; stretch; as, to strain a rope; put to its utmost strength; as, to strain every muscle; injure by overtaxing; as, to strain one's back; make uneasy or unnatural; force; as, to strain a welcome; embrace; as, she strained the child to her breast; filter; as, to strain coffee.
  3. To stretch tight: to draw with force: to exert to the utmost: to injure by overtasking: to make tight: to constrain, make uneasy or unnatural: to filter.
  4. To stretch; exert to the utmost; injure by overtasking; sprain; filter.
  5. To exert to the utmost.
  6. To cause a strain in.
  7. To constrain.
  8. To purify by the use of a strainer.
  9. To make violent efforts; pass through tiny holes; be filtered.
  10. To make violent efforts: to pass through a filter.
  11. To make a violent effort; pass through a filter.
  12. test the limits of; " You are trying my patience!"
  13. To percolate; filter.
  14. To become wrenched or twisted.
  15. To stretch; to draw with force; to injure by stretching; to stretch violently; to put to the utmost strength; to purify or separate from extraneous matter by filtration; to filter; to make tighter; to force; to constrain.
  16. To extend with great effort; to injure or weaken by stretching or overtasking; to put to the utmost strength; to make strait or tense; to make violent efforts; to press or squeeze, as in an embrace; to purify by passing through a filter or some porous substance; to filter.
  17. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; " she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  18. an intense or violent exertion
  19. ( biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; " a new strain of microorganisms"
  20. ( physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  21. difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; " she endured the stresses and strains of life"; " he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R. J. Samuelson
  22. injury to a muscle ( often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  23. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  24. A cultural subvariety that is only slightly differentiated.
  25. Race; stock; generation; descent; family.
  26. Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.
  27. Rank; a sort.
  28. 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.
  29. To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it.
  30. To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously.
  31. 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.
  32. To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship.
  33. 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.
  34. To squeeze; to press closely.
  35. To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain.
  36. To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation.
  37. 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.
  38. To make violent efforts.
  39. To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil.
  40. The act of straining, or the state of being strained.
  41. 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.
  42. A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress.
  43. A portion of music divided off by a double bar; a complete musical period or sentence; a movement, or any rounded subdivision of a movement.
  44. Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain.
  45. Stock; race; line of descent; inborn disposition; a trace or streak; as, a strain of madness; tune or melody; a poem or verse; tone or manner of speech or thought; as, to write or speak in a lofty strain; extreme stretching; a violent effort; injury due to overwork; as, nerve strain; a sprain.
  46. The act of straining: a violent effort: an injury inflicted by straining: a note, sound, or song.
  47. Race: stock: generation: descent.
  48. Act of straining; injury from straining; division of a melody; note; song.
  49. A melody; tune.
  50. Strainer.
  51. A violent effort or exertion.
  52. The injury due to excessive tension or effort.
  53. Prevailing tone.
  54. Line of descent; race; stock.
  55. Natural tendency.
  56. A violent effort; an injury by excessive exertion; drawing or stretching; continued manner of speaking or writing; a song; a particular part of a tune; turn; tendency; manner of speech or action; race; rank; character.
  57. A violent effort; an injury by excessive exertion; the force exerted on a substance tending to cause it to rupture or break; continued manner of speaking or writing; a song; part of a tune or musical composition; manner of speech or action; tendency.