What does Strait mean?

Definitions for Straitstreɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strait, sound(noun)

    a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water

  2. pass, strait, straits(adj)

    a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

  3. strait(adj)


    "strait is the gate"


  1. strait(Noun)

    A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.

    The Strait of Gibraltar

  2. strait(Noun)

    A difficult position (often used in plural)

    To be in dire straits

  3. strait(Adjective)

    narrow; restricted as to space or room; close

  4. strait(Adjective)

    righteous, strict

    To follow the strait and narrow

  5. Origin: From streit, from estreit (modern form étroit), from strictus, perfect passive participle of stringo. Doublet of strict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strait(adj)

    a variant of Straight

  2. Strait

    narrow; not broad

  3. Strait

    tight; close; closely fitting

  4. Strait

    close; intimate; near; familiar

  5. Strait

    strict; scrupulous; rigorous

  6. Strait

    difficult; distressful; straited

  7. Strait

    parsimonious; niggargly; mean

  8. Strait(adverb)

    strictly; rigorously

  9. Strait(adj)

    a narrow pass or passage

  10. Strait(adj)

    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

  11. Strait(adj)

    a neck of land; an isthmus

  12. Strait(adj)

    fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt; distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in the plural; as, reduced to great straits

  13. Strait(verb)

    to put to difficulties

  14. 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.]


  1. Strait

    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

  1. Strait

    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.]

Anagrams for Strait »

  1. artist, strati, traits

  2. Artist

  3. Strati

  4. Traits


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Strait in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Strait in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Ernest Henley, From the poem "Invictus":

    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.

  2. Elizabeth Trudeau:

    We believe cross-strait issues should be resolved peacefully in a manner, pace and scope acceptable to people on both sides of the strait.

  3. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    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.

  4. Andrew Hsia:

    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.

  5. Wang Yi:

    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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