Definitions for strain

Definitions for (noun) strain

Main entry: song, strain

Definition: the act of singing

Usage: with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates

Main entry: strain, straining

Definition: an intense or violent exertion

Main entry: strain, striving, pains, nisus

Definition: an effortful attempt to attain a goal

Main entry: strain, tenor

Definition: the general meaning or substance of an utterance

Usage: although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument

Main entry: line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, air, strain, tune

Definition: a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

Usage: she was humming an air from Beethoven

Main entry: stock, strain, breed

Definition: a special variety of domesticated animals within a species

Usage: he experimented on a particular breed of white rats; he created a new strain of sheep

Main entry: form, strain, var., variant

Definition: (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

Usage: a new strain of microorganisms

Main entry: strain

Definition: (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces

Main entry: strain

Definition: injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain

Main entry: mental strain, nervous strain, strain

Definition: (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress

Usage: his responsibilities were a constant strain; the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him

Main entry: strain, stress

Definition: difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

Usage: 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

Definitions for (verb) strain

Main entry: strain, tense, tense up

Definition: cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

Usage: he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up

Main entry: strain, distort, deform

Definition: alter the shape of (something) by stress

Usage: His body was deformed by leprosy

Main entry: strain, strive, reach

Definition: to exert much effort or energy

Usage: straining our ears to hear

Main entry: extend, strain

Definition: use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity

Usage: He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro; Don't strain your mind too much

Main entry: puree, strain

Definition: rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

Usage: puree the vegetables for the baby

Main entry: separate out, strain, filter, filter out, filtrate

Definition: remove by passing through a filter

Usage: filter out the impurities

Main entry: sieve, sift, strain

Definition: separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

Usage: sift the flour

Main entry: tense, strain

Definition: become stretched or tense or taut

Usage: the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed; the rope strained when the weight was attached

Main entry: try, strain, stress

Definition: test the limits of

Usage: You are trying my patience!

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