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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. strain(noun)

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

  2. stress, strain(noun)

    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

  3. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase(noun)

    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

  4. strain, mental strain, nervous strain(noun)

    (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"

  5. breed, strain, stock(noun)

    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"

  6. form, variant, strain, var.(noun)

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

    "a new strain of microorganisms"

  7. strain(noun)

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

  8. tenor, strain(noun)

    the general meaning or substance of an utterance

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

  9. striving, nisus, pains, strain(noun)

    an effortful attempt to attain a goal

  10. strain, straining(noun)

    an intense or violent exertion

  11. song, strain(verb)

    the act of singing

    "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"

  12. strive, reach, strain(verb)

    to exert much effort or energy

    "straining our ears to hear"

  13. try, strain, stress(verb)

    test the limits of

    "You are trying my patience!"

  14. strain, extend(verb)

    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"

  15. sift, sieve, strain(verb)

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

    "sift the flour"

  16. tense, strain, tense up(verb)

    cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

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

  17. strain, tense(verb)

    become stretched or tense or taut

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

  18. filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out(verb)

    remove by passing through a filter

    "filter out the impurities"

  19. puree, strain(verb)

    rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

    "puree the vegetables for the baby"

  20. deform, distort, strain(verb)

    alter the shape of (something) by stress

    "His body was deformed by leprosy"

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Strain(noun)

    race; stock; generation; descent; family

  2. Strain(noun)

    hereditary character, quality, or disposition

  3. Strain(noun)

    rank; a sort

  4. Strain(adj)

    to draw with force; to extend with great effort; to stretch; as, to strain a rope; to strain the shrouds of a ship; to strain the cords of a musical instrument

  5. Strain(adj)

    to act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it

  6. Strain(adj)

    to exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously

  7. Strain(adj)

    to stretch beyond its proper limit; to do violence to, in the matter of intent or meaning; as, to strain the law in order to convict an accused person

  8. Strain(adj)

    to injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship

  9. Strain(adj)

    to injure in the muscles or joints by causing to make too strong an effort; to harm by overexertion; to sprain; as, to strain a horse by overloading; to strain the wrist; to strain a muscle

  10. Strain(adj)

    to squeeze; to press closely

  11. Strain(adj)

    to make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain

  12. Strain(adj)

    to urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation

  13. Strain(adj)

    to press, or cause to pass, through a strainer, as through a screen, a cloth, or some porous substance; to purify, or separate from extraneous or solid matter, by filtration; to filter; as, to strain milk through cloth

  14. Strain(verb)

    to make violent efforts

  15. Strain(verb)

    to percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil

  16. Strain(noun)

    the act of straining, or the state of being strained

  17. Strain(noun)

    a violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or tension, as of the muscles; as, he lifted the weight with a strain; the strain upon a ship's rigging in a gale; also, the hurt or injury resulting; a sprain

  18. Strain(noun)

    a change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress

  19. Strain(noun)

    a portion of music divided off by a double bar; a complete musical period or sentence; a movement, or any rounded subdivision of a movement

  20. Strain(noun)

    any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style; also, a course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his career

  21. Strain(noun)

    turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain

  22. Origin: [See Strene.]

The Standard Electrical DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Strain

    The condition of a body when subjected to a stress. Various consequences may ensue from strain in the way of disturbance of electric and other qualities of the body strained.


  1. Infinitesimal strain theory

    In continuum mechanics, the infinitesimal strain theory is a mathematical approach to the description of the deformation of a solid body in which the displacements of the material particles are assumed to be much smaller than any relevant dimension of the body; so that its geometry and the constitutive properties of the material at each point of space can be assumed to be unchanged by the deformation. With this assumption, the equations of continuum mechanics are considerably simplified. This approach may also be called small deformation theory, small displacement theory, or small displacement-gradient theory. It is contrasted with the finite strain theory where the opposite assumption is made. The infinitesimal strain theory is commonly adopted in civil and mechanical engineering for the stress analysis of structures built from relatively stiff elastic materials like concrete and steel, since a common goal in the design of such structures is to minimize their deformation under typical loads.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4159

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strain' in Nouns Frequency: #1423

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strain' in Verbs Frequency: #943

Translations for strain

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • colarCatalan, Valencian
  • kmenCzech
  • Stamm, ErregerstammGerman
  • clase, tipo, tamizar, elongar, colar, trazasSpanish
  • siivilöidä, venäyttää, rasittaa, kuormittaa, kiristääFinnish
  • race, variété, héréditéFrench
  • sníomh, freangIrish
  • sìolaidhScottish Gaelic
  • coarGalician
  • carattere ereditario, colare, razza, passare, slogare, scolare, tendere, predisposizione, tirare, forzare, ceppo, disposizione, varietàItalian
  • 당기다, 거르다, 켕기다Korean
  • whakawhēnanau, tātari, riakaMāori
  • zeven, aantrekken, aanspannen, scheiden, overstrekken, afscheiden, forcerenDutch
  • colarOccitan
  • szczepPolish
  • strecuraRomanian
  • штамм, род, порода, сортRussian

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