Definitions for strain
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word strain.
(physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
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
tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrasenoun
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
strain, mental strain, nervous strainnoun
(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"
breed, strain, stocknoun
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"
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"
injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
the general meaning or substance of an utterance
"although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"
striving, nisus, pains, strainnoun
an effortful attempt to attain a goal
an intense or violent exertion
the act of singing
"with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
strive, reach, strainverb
to exert much effort or energy
"straining our ears to hear"
try, strain, stressverb
test the limits of
"You are trying my patience!"
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"
sift, sieve, strainverb
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
"sift the flour"
tense, strain, tense upverb
cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
"he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
become stretched or tense or taut
"the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter outverb
remove by passing through a filter
"filter out the impurities"
rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
"puree the vegetables for the baby"
deform, distort, strainverb
alter the shape of (something) by stress
"His body was deformed by leprosy"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
Credit is gained by custom, and seldom recovers a strain; but if broken, is never well set again. William Temple.
In all pain there is a deformity by a solution of continuity, as in cutting; or a tendency to solution, as in convulsions or strains. Nehemiah Grew.
Thus far I can praise him; he is of a noble strain,
Of approv’d valour. William Shakespeare.
Twelve Trojan youths, born of their noblest strains,
I took alive: and, yet enrag’d, will empty all their veins
Of vital spirits. George Chapman, Iliad.
Why do’st thou falsly feign
Thyself a Philip Sidney? from which noble strain
He sprung, that could so far exalt the name
Of love. Edmund Waller.
Turn then to Pharamond, and Charlemagne,
And the long heroes of the Gallick strain. Matthew Prior.
Amongst these sweet knaves and all this courtesy! the strain of man’s bred out into baboon and monkey. William Shakespeare.
Intemperance and lust breed diseases, which propagated, spoil the strain of a nation. John Tillotson.
According to the genius and strain of the book of Proverbs, the words wisdom and righteousness are used to signify all religion and virtue. John Tillotson, Sermons.
In our liturgy are as great strains of true sublime eloquence, as are any where to be found in our language. Jonathan Swift.
Macrobius speaks of Hippocrates’ knowlege in very lofty strains. Thomas Baker.
Wilt thou love such a woman? what, to make thee an instrument, and play false strains upon thee. William Shakespeare.
Orpheus self may heave his head
From golden slumber on a bed
Of heap’d Elysian flowers, and hear
Such strains as would have won the ear
Of Pluto, to have quite set free
His half-regain’d Eurydice. John Milton.
Their heav’nly harps a lower strain began,
And in soft musick mourn the fall of man. Dryden.
When the first bold vessel dar’d the seas,
High on the stern the Thracian rais’d his strain,
While Argo saw her kindred trees
Descend from Pelion to the main. Alexander Pope, St. Cecilia.
But thou who lately of the common strain,
Wert one of us, if still thou do’st retain
The same ill habits, the same follies too,
Still thou art bound to vice, and still a slave. Dryden.
Because hereticks have a strain of madness, he applied her with some corporal chastisements, which with respite of time might haply reduce her to good order. John Hayward.
You have shew’d to-day your valiant strain,
And fortune led you well. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Such take too high a strain at the first, and are magnanimous more than tract of years can uphold, as was Scipio Africanus, of whom Livy saith, ultima primis cedebant. Francis Bacon.
Etymology: estreindre, French.
Their aliment ought to be light, rice boiled in whey and strained. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.
Earth doth not strain water so finely as sand. Francis Bacon.
I would have strain’d him with a strict embrace;
But through my arms he slipt and vanish’d. Dryden.
Old Evander, with a close embrace,
Strain’d his departing friend; and tears o’erflow his face. John Dryden, Æneid.
The jury make no more scruple to pass against an Englishman and the queen, though it be to strain their oaths, than to drink milk unstrained. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.
Prudes decay’d about may tack,
Strain their necks with looking back. Jonathan Swift.
By this we see in a cause of religion, to how desperate adventures men will strain themselves for relief of their own part, having law and authority against them. Richard Hooker.
Too well I wote my humble vaine,
And how my rhimes been rugged and unkempt;
Yet as I con my cunning I will strain. Edmund Spenser.
Thus mine enemy fell,
And thus I set my foot on’s neck; —— even then
The princely blood flows in his cheek, he sweats,
Strains his young nerves, and puts himself in posture
That acts my words. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
My earthly by his heavenly overpower’d,
Which it had long stood under, strain’d to th’ height
In that celestial colloquy sublime,
As with an object that excels the sense,
Dazled and spent, sunk down. John Milton, Parad. Lost.
The lark and linnet sing with rival notes;
They strain their warbling throats,
To welcome in the spring. Dryden.
Nor yet content, she strains her malice more,
And adds new ills to those contriv’d before. Dryden.
It is the worst sort of good husbandry for a father not to strain himself a little for his son’s breeding. John Locke.
Our words flow from us in a smooth continued stream, without those strainings of the voice, motions of the body, and majesty of the hand, which are so much celebrated in the orators of Greece and Rome. Francis Atterbury.
Strain’d to the root, the stooping forest pours
A rustling shower of yet untimely leaves. James Thomson.
A bigger string more strained, and a lesser string less strained, may fall into the same tone. Francis Bacon.
Thou, the more he varies forms, beware
To strain his fetters with a stricter care. John Dryden, Virgil.
See they suffer death,
But in their deaths remember they are men,
Strain not the laws to make their torture grievous. Addison.
There can be no other meaning in this expression, however some may pretend to strain it. Jonathan Swift.
The lark sings so out of tune,
Straining harsh discords and unpleasing strains. William Shakespeare.
He talks and plays with Fatima, but his mirth
Is forc’d and strain’d: in his looks appears
A wild distracted fierceness. John Denham.
To make violent efforts.
To build his fortune I will strain a little,
For ’tis a bond in men. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.
You stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.
That death may not them idly find t’ attend
Their certain last, but work to meet their end. Daniel.
Straining with too weak a wing,
We needs will write epistles to the king. Alexander Pope.
Cæsar thought that all sea sands had natural springs of fresh water: but it is the sea water; because the pit filled according to the measure of the tide, and the sea water passing or straining through the sands leaveth the saltness behind them. Francis Bacon.
race; stock; generation; descent; family
hereditary character, quality, or disposition
rank; a sort
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
to act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it
to exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously
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
to injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship
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
to squeeze; to press closely
to make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain
to urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation
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
to make violent efforts
to percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil
the act of straining, or the state of being strained
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
a change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress
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
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
turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain
Etymology: [See Strene.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
strān, v.t. to stretch tight: to draw with force: to exert to the utmost: to injure by overtasking: to make tight: to constrain, make uneasy or unnatural: to press to one's self, to embrace: to pass through a filter.—v.i. to make violent efforts: to filter.—n. the act of straining: a violent effort: an injury inflicted by straining, esp. a wrenching of the muscles: a note, sound, or song, stretch of imagination, &c.: any change of form or bulk of a portion of matter either solid or fluid, the system of forces which sustains the strain being called the stress: mood, disposition.—ns. Strain′er, one who, or that which, strains: an instrument for filtration: a sieve, colander, &c.; Strain′ing, a piece of leather for stretching as a base for the seat of a saddle.—Strain a point, to make a special effort: to exceed one's duty; Strain at, in Matt. xxiii. 24, a misprint for Strain out. [O. Fr. straindre—L. stringĕre, to stretch tight. Cf. String and Strong.]
strān, n. race, stock, generation: descent: natural tendency, any admixture or element in one's character.—n. Strain′ing-beam, a tie-beam uniting the tops of the queen-posts. [M. E. streen—A.S. gestréon, gain; confused in M. E. with the related M. E. strend—A.S. strynd, lineage.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
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.
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British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'strain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4159
Rank popularity for the word 'strain' in Nouns Frequency: #1423
Rank popularity for the word 'strain' in Verbs Frequency: #943
The numerical value of strain in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of strain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
We are tracking this very closely. The system is clearly not under anywhere near the strain it was a year ago, but nevertheless we remain concerned. ... This is a major, major export for this country.
It’s not just that standing and sitting upright looks better. When you slouch forward at your desk, you are putting almost twice as much strain on the disks than if you were sitting straight up.
Share traders can go off to sleep as nothing major will happen in the stock market until the last one hour of session today. Don't waste time and strain your eyes before the computer screen. Market will fall father as it appears
What was going on was the typical chaos of a bureaucracy under the strain of immense crisis, people at checkpoints hadn't slept well in days, couldn't read the names properly or read the first name as the last name.
I haven't seen convincing evidence that it’s more severe. I think the jury is out on that, but just the fact that so many more children are being infected with this strain means that there will be more children who have severe disease, there will be more children who are hospitalized and unfortunately there will be more children who die from COVID and that’s not something we should allow to happen.
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Translations for strain
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- colarCatalan, Valencian
- Erregerstamm, StammGerman
- tensión, trazas, colar, elongar, tamizar, tipo, claseSpanish
- kuormittaa, rasittaa, venäyttää, kiristää, siivilöidäFinnish
- race, variété, héréditéFrench
- freang, sníomhIrish
- sìolaidhScottish Gaelic
- tendere, predisposizione, scolare, razza, disposizione, tirare, slogare, varietà, carattere ereditario, colare, passare, forzare, ceppoItalian
- 켕기다, 당기다, 거르다Korean
- riaka, tātari, whakawhēnanauMāori
- overstrekken, forceren, afscheiden, scheiden, aanspannen, aantrekken, zevenDutch
- сорт, порода, род, штаммRussian
- sự căng thẳngVietnamese
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