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Meaning & Definition of Strain in English

English

Strain

/stren/

noun

1. (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces

    synonym:
  • strain

2. 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
    synonym:
  • stress
  • ,
  • strain

3. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

  • "She was humming an air from beethoven"
    synonym:
  • tune
  • ,
  • melody
  • ,
  • air
  • ,
  • strain
  • ,
  • melodic line
  • ,
  • line
  • ,
  • melodic phrase

4. (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"
    synonym:
  • strain
  • ,
  • mental strain
  • ,
  • nervous strain

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • breed
  • ,
  • strain
  • ,
  • stock

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

  • "A new strain of microorganisms"
    synonym:
  • form
  • ,
  • variant
  • ,
  • strain
  • ,
  • var.

7. Injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse)

  • Results in swelling and pain
    synonym:
  • strain

8. The general meaning or substance of an utterance

  • "Although i disagreed with him i could follow the tenor of his argument"
    synonym:
  • tenor
  • ,
  • strain

9. An effortful attempt to attain a goal

    synonym:
  • striving
  • ,
  • nisus
  • ,
  • pains
  • ,
  • strain

10. An intense or violent exertion

    synonym:
  • strain
  • ,
  • straining

11. The act of singing

  • "With a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
    synonym:
  • song
  • ,
  • strain

verb

1. To exert much effort or energy

  • "Straining our ears to hear"
    synonym:
  • strive
  • ,
  • reach
  • ,
  • strain

2. Test the limits of

  • "You are trying my patience!"
    synonym:
  • try
  • ,
  • strain
  • ,
  • stress

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • strain
  • ,
  • extend

4. Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

  • "Sift the flour"
    synonym:
  • sift
  • ,
  • sieve
  • ,
  • strain

5. Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

  • "He got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
    synonym:
  • tense
  • ,
  • strain
  • ,
  • tense up

6. Become stretched or tense or taut

  • "The bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
  • " "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
    synonym:
  • strain
  • ,
  • tense

7. Remove by passing through a filter

  • "Filter out the impurities"
    synonym:
  • filter
  • ,
  • filtrate
  • ,
  • strain
  • ,
  • separate out
  • ,
  • filter out

8. Rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

  • "Puree the vegetables for the baby"
    synonym:
  • puree
  • ,
  • strain

9. Alter the shape of (something) by stress

  • "His body was deformed by leprosy"
    synonym:
  • deform
  • ,
  • distort
  • ,
  • strain

Examples of using

France has banned a strain of genetically modified maize.
The liquid does not strain well.