Definitions of strain

  1. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; " she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  2. a lineage or race of people
  3. a special kind of domesticated animals within a species; " he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; " he created a new variety of sheep"
  4. alter the shape of ( something) by stress; " His body was deformed by leprosy"
  5. use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; " He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; " Don't strain your mind too much"
  6. ( psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; " his responsibilities were a constant strain"; " the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
  7. rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; " puree the vegetables for the baby"
  8. test the limits of; " You are trying my patience!"
  9. an intense or violent exertion
  10. ( biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; " a new strain of microorganisms"
  11. ( physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  12. 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
  13. stretch or force to the limit; " strain the rope"
  14. injury to a muscle ( often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  15. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  16. A cultural subvariety that is only slightly differentiated.
  17. Race; stock; generation; descent; family.
  18. Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.
  19. Rank; a sort.
  20. 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.
  21. To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it.
  22. To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously.
  23. 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.
  24. To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship.
  25. 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.
  26. To squeeze; to press closely.
  27. To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain.
  28. To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation.
  29. 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.
  30. To make violent efforts.
  31. To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil.
  32. The act of straining, or the state of being strained.
  33. 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.
  34. A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress.
  35. 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.
  36. Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. To make violent efforts; pass through tiny holes; be filtered.
  40. 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.
  41. To make violent efforts: to pass through a filter.
  42. The act of straining: a violent effort: an injury inflicted by straining: a note, sound, or song.
  43. Race: stock: generation: descent.
  44. Act of straining; injury from straining; division of a melody; note; song.
  45. To make a violent effort; pass through a filter.
  46. To stretch; exert to the utmost; injure by overtasking; sprain; filter.
  47. A melody; tune.
  48. To exert to the utmost.
  49. To cause a strain in.
  50. To constrain.
  51. To purify by the use of a strainer.
  52. To percolate; filter.
  53. To become wrenched or twisted.
  54. Strainer.
  55. A violent effort or exertion.
  56. The injury due to excessive tension or effort.
  57. Prevailing tone.
  58. Line of descent; race; stock.
  59. Natural tendency.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. To make violent efforts; to be filtered.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.

Usage examples for strain

  1. The strain was beginning to tell upon her. – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  2. The Countess answered him in a strain which certainly showed that she was not mad. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  3. But still it's not what it should be, and I don't dare put much of a strain on it. – Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager by Burt L. Standish
  4. " Better than with us," he answered in his usual strain. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  5. It would strain my back. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  6. " You are not able to bear the strain of such a meeting. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  7. " My brain is not equal to the strain after dinner," said Sir Frank. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  8. The gray matter cannot stand the strain. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  9. Then I doubt if you are strong enough to bear the strain; I imagine very few women could do so without breaking down. – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  10. Abel stopped and looked half angry, for a moment, but immediately fell into the old strain. – Trumps by George William Curtis
  11. Doesn't know the strain I'm under getting this silly affair straight. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  12. The strain of watching and deeply- seated anxiety was telling upon the boy. – The Secret Chamber at Chad by Evelyn Everett-Green
  13. He had felt the strain for some time, and now things were going against him it got worse. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  14. She's been under a strain and needs rest. – The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan by Lizette M. Edholm
  15. Nevertheless, she showed the results of the strain of her accident and perhaps of her personal problem. – The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory by Margaret Vandercook
  16. We must be careful not to strain it. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  17. I hope she is much stronger, but I don't want to risk what, if it ended in disappointment, might only be a terrible strain upon her to no purpose- so I am preparing the way by writing to you. – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward