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.

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