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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. remove by passing through a filter; " filter out the impurities"
  7. ( 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"
  8. an effortful attempt to attain a goal
  9. rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; " puree the vegetables for the baby"
  10. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; " sift the flour"
  11. the act of singing; " with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
  12. test the limits of; " You are trying my patience!"
  13. an intense or violent exertion
  14. pervading note of an utterance; " I could follow the general tenor of his argument"
  15. ( biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; " a new strain of microorganisms"
  16. ( physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  17. 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
  18. stretch or force to the limit; " strain the rope"
  19. a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; " he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; " he created a new strain of sheep"
  20. injury to a muscle ( often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  21. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  22. to exert much effort or energy; " straining our ears to hear"
  23. A cultural subvariety that is only slightly differentiated.
  24. Race; stock; generation; descent; family.
  25. Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.
  26. Rank; a sort.
  27. 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.
  28. To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it.
  29. To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously.
  30. 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.
  31. To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship.
  32. 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.
  33. To squeeze; to press closely.
  34. To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain.
  35. To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation.
  36. 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.
  37. To make violent efforts.
  38. To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil.
  39. The act of straining, or the state of being strained.
  40. 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.
  41. A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress.
  42. 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.
  43. Any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style; also, a course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his career.
  44. Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain.
  45. A collective term for muscle and ligament injuries without dislocation or fracture. A sprain is a joint injury in which some of the fibers of a supporting ligament are ruptured but the continuity of the ligament remains intact. A strain is an overstretching or overexertion of some part of the musculature.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. To make violent efforts; pass through tiny holes; be filtered.
  49. 1. A race or stock; said of bacteria or protozoa derived from a definite source and preserved in successive cultures or by successive animal inoculations. 2. An hereditary tendency.
  50. To make tense; to filter. Condition resulting from overwork of a part.
  51. 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.
  52. To make violent efforts: to pass through a filter.
  53. The act of straining: a violent effort: an injury inflicted by straining: a note, sound, or song.
  54. Race: stock: generation: descent.
  55. Act of straining; injury from straining; division of a melody; note; song.
  56. To make a violent effort; pass through a filter.
  57. To stretch; exert to the utmost; injure by overtasking; sprain; filter.
  58. A melody; tune.
  59. To exert to the utmost.
  60. To cause a strain in.
  61. To constrain.
  62. To purify by the use of a strainer.
  63. To percolate; filter.
  64. To become wrenched or twisted.
  65. Strainer.
  66. A violent effort or exertion.
  67. The injury due to excessive tension or effort.
  68. Prevailing tone.
  69. Line of descent; race; stock.
  70. Natural tendency.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. To make violent efforts; to be filtered.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. Race; blood; breeding; character; hereditary disposition; in Scot., resemblance of the features, as he has a strain of his grandfather- that is, he resembles him.
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Quotes of strain

  1. We manage the fear, I manage the fear, but it certainly takes its toll, the strain does. – Christiane Amanpour
  2. Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics. There are social cross -currents. We see failed marriages. But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens. – Earl Blumenauer
  3. At a time when we're having to take such difficult decisions about how to cut back without damaging the things that matter the most, we should strain every sinew to cut error, waste and fraud. – David Cameron
  4. Soaring prescription drug costs have placed a tremendous strain on family budgets. They have also imposed a heavy burden on employers- both public and private- who are struggling to provide affordable health insurance coverage to their workers. – Susan Collins
  5. Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections. – George Eliot
  6. The anchors now made are contrived so as to sink into the ground as soon as they reach it, and to hold a great strain before they can be loosened or dislodged from their station. – William Falconer
  7. There was a very serious communist strain among American intellectuals before the war. America was a more tolerant place in those days, and Communists were not treated as pariahs. That ended with the McCarthy era. – Ken Follett
  8. The human organism inherits so delicate an adjustment to climate that, in spite of man's boasted ability to live anywhere, the strain of the frozen North eliminates the more nervous and active types of mind. – Ellsworth Huntington
  9. It definitely puts a strain on family life- I miss them like mad. Being a working mother I've been juggling house and career from day one. I want to hold out for telly for the second half of the year. – Louise Jameson
  10. With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. – Abraham Lincoln
  11. Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long. – Robert Wilson Lynd
  12. Donald had reached its further edge, and could hear the rush of the stream from the deep obscurity of the abyss below, when there rose from the opposite side a strain of the most delightful music he had ever heard. – Hugh Miller
  13. Well, one hopes that if you're really related to the core of your particular culture, you have profound commitments to it, and that you are aware of how much you can strain it before you do violence to its essential nature. – Chaim Potok
  14. It is my greatest joy to live a really good part, even though it imposes great strain An artist is tired but proud when he has created a great work of art. So it is with the actor who really lives a great role and is proud of the part he played. – Conrad Veidt

Usage examples for strain

  1. Doesn't know the strain I'm under getting this silly affair straight. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  2. It has been rather a strain all this." – The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace
  3. She's been under a strain and needs rest. – The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan by Lizette M. Edholm
  4. The Countess answered him in a strain which certainly showed that she was not mad. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. The strain was beginning to tell upon her. – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  8. The king's mouth was not tight with strain – Son of Power by Will Levington Comfort and Zamin Ki Dost
  9. It would strain my back. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  10. 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
  11. " You are not able to bear the strain of such a meeting. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  12. The strain of watching and deeply- seated anxiety was telling upon the boy. – The Secret Chamber at Chad by Evelyn Everett-Green
  13. The gray matter cannot stand the strain – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  14. Tired out in mind and body under the big nervous strain which is there, though they may be unconscious of it, they slept. – From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917 by Philip Gibbs
  15. 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
  16. " Better than with us," he answered in his usual strain – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  17. Abel stopped and looked half angry, for a moment, but immediately fell into the old strain – Trumps by George William Curtis
  18. " My brain is not equal to the strain after dinner," said Sir Frank. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  19. We must be careful not to strain it. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  20. 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

Rhymes for strain