Synonyms for strain

Synonyms for (noun) strain

Synonyms: song, strain

Definition: the act of singing

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

Similar words: vocal music

Definition: music that is vocalized (as contrasted with instrumental music)


Synonyms: strain, straining

Definition: an intense or violent exertion

Similar words: effort, elbow grease, travail, sweat, exertion

Definition: use of physical or mental energy; hard work

Usage: he got an A for effort; they managed only with great exertion


Synonyms: strain, striving, pains, nisus

Definition: an effortful attempt to attain a goal

Similar words: endeavor, endeavour, effort, try, attempt

Definition: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

Usage: made an effort to cover all the reading material; wished him luck in his endeavor; she gave it a good try


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: meaning, substance

Definition: the idea that is intended

Usage: What is the meaning of this proverb?


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: music

Definition: an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: animal group

Definition: a group of animals


Similar words: variety

Definition: (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics

Usage: varieties are frequently recognized in botany


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group

Definition: animal or plant group having natural relations


Synonyms: strain

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

Similar words: deformation

Definition: alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it


Synonyms: strain

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

Similar words: trauma, hurt, injury, harm

Definition: any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: nerves, nervousness

Definition: an uneasy psychological state

Usage: he suffered an attack of nerves


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: difficulty

Definition: a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

Usage: grappling with financial difficulties

Synonyms for (verb) strain

Synonyms: 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

Similar words: affect

Definition: act physically on; have an effect upon

Usage: the medicine affects my heart rate


Synonyms: strain, distort, deform

Definition: alter the shape of (something) by stress

Usage: His body was deformed by leprosy

Similar words: shape, form

Definition: give shape or form to

Usage: shape the dough; form the young child's character


Synonyms: strain, strive, reach

Definition: to exert much effort or energy

Usage: straining our ears to hear

Similar words: labor, labour, push, tug, drive

Definition: strive and make an effort to reach a goal

Usage: She tugged for years to make a decent living; We have to push a little to make the deadline!; She is driving away at her doctoral thesis


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: use, utilise, utilize, employ, apply

Definition: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

Usage: use your head!; we only use Spanish at home; I can't use this tool; Apply a magnetic field here; This thinking was applied to many projects; How do you utilize this tool?; I apply this rule to get good results; use the plastic bags to store the food; He doesn't know how to use a computer


Synonyms: puree, strain

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

Usage: puree the vegetables for the baby

Similar words: rub

Definition: move over something with pressure

Usage: rub my hands; rub oil into her skin


Synonyms: separate out, strain, filter, filter out, filtrate

Definition: remove by passing through a filter

Usage: filter out the impurities

Similar words: separate

Definition: divide into components or constituents

Usage: Separate the wheat from the chaff


Synonyms: sieve, sift, strain

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

Usage: sift the flour

Similar words: separate

Definition: divide into components or constituents

Usage: Separate the wheat from the chaff


Synonyms: tense, strain

Definition: become stretched or tense or taut

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

Similar words: tighten

Definition: become tight or tighter

Usage: The rope tightened


Synonyms: try, strain, stress

Definition: test the limits of

Usage: You are trying my patience!

Similar words: afflict

Definition: cause great unhappiness for; distress

Usage: she was afflicted by the death of her parents