verb (used with object)
to draw tight or taut, especially to the utmost tension; stretch to the full:
to strain a rope.
to exert to the utmost:
to strain one’s ears to catch a sound.
to impair, injure, or weaken (a muscle, tendon, etc.) by stretching or overexertion.
to cause mechanical deformation in (a body or structure) as the result of stress.
to stretch beyond the proper point or limit:
to strain the meaning of a word.
to make excessive demands upon:
to strain one’s luck; to strain one’s resources.
to pour (liquid containing solid matter) through a filter, sieve, or the like in order to hold back the denser solid constituents:
to strain gravy.
to draw off (clear or pure liquid) by means of a filter or sieve:
to strain the water from spinach; to strain broth.
to hold back (solid particles) from liquid matter by means of a filter or sieve:
to strain seeds from orange juice; to strain rice.
to clasp tightly in the arms, the hand, etc.:
The mother strained her child close to her breast.
Obsolete. to constrain, as to a course of action.
verb (used without object)
to pull forcibly:
a dog straining at a leash.
to stretch one’s muscles, nerves, etc., to the utmost.
to make violent physical efforts; strive hard.
to resist forcefully; balk:
to strain at accepting an unpleasant fact.
to be subjected to tension or stress; suffer strain.
to filter, percolate, or ooze.
to trickle or flow:
Sap strained from the bark.
any force or pressure tending to alter shape, cause a fracture, etc.
strong muscular or physical effort.
great or excessive effort or striving after some goal, object, or effect.
an injury to a muscle, tendon, etc., due to excessive tension or use; sprain.
Mechanics, Physics. deformation of a body or structure as a result of an applied force.
condition of being strained or stretched.
a task, goal, or effect accomplished only with great effort:
Housecleaning is a real strain.
severe, trying, or fatiguing pressure or exertion; taxing onus:
the strain of hard work.
a severe demand on or test of resources, feelings, a person, etc.:
a strain on one’s hospitality.
a flow or burst of language, eloquence, etc.:
the lofty strain of Cicero.
Often, strains. a passage of melody, music, or songs as rendered or heard:
the strains of the nightingale.
Music. a section of a piece of music, more or less complete in itself.
a passage or piece of poetry.
the tone, style, or spirit of an utterance, writing, etc.:
a humorous strain.
a particular degree, height, or pitch attained:
a strain of courageous enthusiasm.
the body of descendants of a common ancestor, as a family or stock.
any of the different lines of ancestry united in a family or an individual.
a group of plants distinguished from other plants of the variety to which it belongs by some intrinsic quality, such as a tendency to yield heavily; breed.
an artificial variety of a species of domestic animal or cultivated plant.
a variety, especially of microorganisms.
ancestry or descent.
hereditary or natural character, tendency, or trait:
a strain of insanity in a family.
a streak or trace.
a kind or sort.
to draw or be drawn taut; stretch tight
to exert, tax, or use (resources) to the utmost extent
to injure or damage or be injured or damaged by overexertion: he strained himself
to deform or be deformed as a result of a stress
(intransitive) to make intense or violent efforts; strive
to subject or be subjected to mental tension or stress
to pour or pass (a substance) or (of a substance) to be poured or passed through a sieve, filter, or strainer
(transitive) to draw off or remove (one part of a substance or mixture from another) by or as if by filtering
(transitive) to clasp tightly; hug
(transitive) (obsolete) to force or constrain
(intransitive) foll by at
to push, pull, or work with violent exertion (upon)
to strive (for)
to balk or scruple (from)
the act or an instance of straining
the damage resulting from excessive exertion
an intense physical or mental effort
(music) (often pl) a theme, melody, or tune
a great demand on the emotions, resources, etc
a feeling of tension and tiredness resulting from overwork, worry, etc; stress
a particular style or recurring theme in speech or writing
(physics) the change in dimension of a body under load expressed as the ratio of the total deflection or change in dimension to the original unloaded dimension. It may be a ratio of lengths, areas, or volumes
the main body of descendants from one ancestor
a group of organisms within a species or variety, distinguished by one or more minor characteristics
a variety of bacterium or fungus, esp one used for a culture
a streak; trace
(archaic) a kind, type, or sort
strain 1 (strān)
v. strained, strain·ing, strains
To pull, draw, or stretch tight.
To stretch or exert one’s muscles or nerves to the utmost.
To injure or impair by overuse or overexertion; wrench.
To filter, trickle, percolate, or ooze.
To pass a liquid through a filtering agent such as a strainer.
To draw off or remove by filtration.
The act of straining.
The state of being strained.
Extreme or laborious effort.
A great or excessive pressure, demand, or stress on one’s body, mind, or resources.
A wrench, twist, or other physical injury resulting from excessive tension, effort, or use.
strain 2 (strān)
The collective descendants of a common ancestor; a race, stock, line, or breed.
Any of the various lines of ancestry united in an individual or a family; ancestry or lineage.
A group of organisms of the same species, having distinctive characteristics but not usually considered a separate breed or variety.
An artificial variety of a domestic animal or cultivated plant.
A group of organisms of the same species, sharing certain hereditary characteristics not typical of the entire species but minor enough not to warrant classification as a separate breed or variety. Resistance to specific antibiotics is a feature of certain strains of bacteria.
The extent to which a body is distorted when it is subjected to a deforming force, as when under stress. The distortion can involve a change both in shape and in size. All measures of strain are dimensionless (they have no unit of measure). ◇ Axial strain is equal to the ratio between the change in length of an object and its original length. ◇ Volume strain is equal to the ratio between the change in volume of an object and its original volume. It is also called bulk strain. ◇ Shear strain is equal to the ratio between the amount by which an object is skewed and its length. Compare stress. See more at Hooke’s law.
- Strain at
Simply a misprint for “strain out” (Matt. 23:24).
- Strain at the leash
adjective 1. affected or produced by effort; not natural or spontaneous; forced: strained hospitality. verb (used with object) 1. to draw tight or taut, especially to the utmost tension; stretch to the full: to strain a rope. 2. to exert to the utmost: to strain one’s ears to catch a sound. 3. to impair, injure, […]
noun 1. a person or thing that strains. 2. a filter, sieve, or the like for straining liquids. 3. a stretcher or tightener. noun 1. a sieve used for straining sauces, vegetables, tea, etc 2. a gauze or simple filter used to strain liquids 3. (Austral & NZ) a self-locking device or a tool for […]