a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
pass, strait, straits(adj)
a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
"strait is the gate"
A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.
The Strait of Gibraltar
A difficult position (often used in plural)
To be in dire straits
narrow; restricted as to space or room; close
To follow the strait and narrow
Origin: From streit, from estreit (modern form étroit), from strictus, perfect passive participle of stringo. Doublet of strict.
a variant of Straight
narrow; not broad
tight; close; closely fitting
close; intimate; near; familiar
strict; scrupulous; rigorous
difficult; distressful; straited
parsimonious; niggargly; mean
a narrow pass or passage
a (comparatively) narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water; -- often in the plural; as, the strait, or straits, of Gibraltar; the straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of Mackinaw
a neck of land; an isthmus
fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt; distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in the plural; as, reduced to great straits
to put to difficulties
Origin: [OE. straight, streyt, streit, OF. estreit, estroit, F. troit, from L. strictus drawn together, close, tight, p. p. of stringere to draw tight. See 2nd Strait, and cf. Strict.]
A strait is a narrow, typically navigable waterway that connects two larger, navigable bodies of water. It most commonly refers to a channel of water that lies between two land masses, but it may also refer to a navigable channel through a body of water that is otherwise not navigable, for example because it is too shallow, or because it contains an unnavigable reef or archipelago.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
strāt, adj. difficult: distressful: (obs. strict, rigorous: narrow, so in B.).—n. a narrow pass in a mountain, or in the ocean between two portions of land: difficulty, distress.—v.t. to stretch, tighten: to distress.—v.t. Strait′en, to make strait or narrow: to confine: to draw tight: to distress: to put into difficulties.—adjs. Straight′-heart′ed, stingy; Strait′-laced, rigid or narrow in opinion.—adv. Strait′ly, narrowly: (B.) strictly.—ns. Strait′ness, state of being strait or narrow: strictness: (B.) distress or difficulty; Strait′-waist′coat, Strait′-jack′et, a dress made with long sleeves, which are tied behind, so that the arms are confined. [O. Fr. estreit, estrait (Fr. étroit)—L. strictus, pa.p. of stringĕre, to draw tight.]
artist, strati, traits
The numerical value of Strait in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Strait in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We believe cross-strait issues should be resolved peacefully in a manner, pace and scope acceptable to people on both sides of the strait.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
We would certainly welcome steps that are taken on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to try to reduce tensions and improve cross-strait relations, but, you know, we'll have to see what actually comes out of the meeting.
We hope the mainland side can truly understand and realize that only on the basis of dignity, respect, peace and security can cross-strait relations have lasting stability, the key to the future of cross-strait relations lies in public support.
What we care about is, once someone has come into power, how he or she handles the cross-strait relationship, whether he or she will maintain the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, whether he or she will recommit to the political foundation of cross-strait relations, the one China principle.
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Translations for Strait
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- مضيق, مختنقArabic
- Meerenge, Enge, StraßeGerman
- paso, aprieto, estrechoSpanish
- تنگه, تنگناPersian
- salmi, kiipeliFinnish
- caolScottish Gaelic
- מיצר, צרהHebrew
- stretto, strettaItalian
- 難局, 困難, 海峡, 苦境Japanese
- nauw, straatDutch
- sund, strede, strete, kanalNorwegian
- aperto, estreitoPortuguese
- ڳچي سمنڊSindhi
- škripac, tjesnacSerbo-Croatian
- chật hẹpVietnamese
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