What does strait mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strait, soundnoun

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

  2. pass, strait, straitsadjective

    a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

  3. straitadjective


    "strait is the gate"


  1. straitnoun

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

    The Strait of Gibraltar

  2. straitnoun

    A difficult position (often used in plural)

    To be in dire straits

  3. straitadjective

    narrow; restricted as to space or room; close

  4. straitadjective

    righteous, strict

    To follow the strait and narrow

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STRAITadjective

    Etymology: estroit, French; stretto, Italian.

    Witnesses, like watches go
    Just as they’re set, too fast or slow;
    And where in conscience they’re streight lac’d,
    ’Tis ten to one that side is cast. Hudibras.

    He, forgetting all former injuries, had received that naughty Plexirtus into a straight degree of favour, his goodness being as apt to be deceived, as the other’s craft was to deceive. Philip Sidney.

    Therefore hold I strait all thy commandments; and all false ways I utterly abhor. Psalms, Common Prayer.

    Fugitives are not relieved by the profit of their lands in England, for there is a straighter order taken. Edmund Spenser.

    He now, forsooth, takes on him to reform
    Some certain edicts, and some strait decrees
    That lay too heavy on the commonwealth. William Shakespeare.

    Proceed no straiter ’gainst our uncle Glo’ster
    Than from the evidence of good esteem,
    He be approv’d in practice culpable. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    A bell or a cannon may be heard beyond a hill which intercepts the sight of the sounding body, and sounds are propagated as readily through crooked pipes as through streight ones. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

  2. Straitnoun

    Plant garrisons to command the streights and narrow passages. Edmund Spenser.

    Honour travels in a streight so narrow,
    Where one but goes abreast. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    Fretum Magellanicum, or Magellan’s Straits. George Abbot.

    They went forth unto the straits of the mountain. Judith.

    The Saracens brought together with their victories their language and religion into all that coast of Africk, even from Egypt to the streights of Gibraltar. Edward Brerewood, on Languages.

    The independent party which abhorred all motions towards peace, were in as great streights as the other how to carry on their designs. Edward Hyde.

    It was impossible to have administred such advice to the king, in the streight he was in, which being pursued might not have proved inconvenient. Edward Hyde.

    Bred up in poverty, and streights at home,
    Lost in a desart here, and hunger-bit. John Milton, Paradise Reg.

    Thus Adam, sore beset! reply’d,
    O heav’n! in evil streight this day I stand
    Before my Judge. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Let no man who owns a Providence grow desperate under any calamity or strait whatsoever, but compose the anguish of his thoughts upon this one consideration, that he comprehends not those strange unaccountable methods by which Providence may dispose of him. Robert South, Sermons.

    Some modern authors observing what straits they have been put to in all ages, to find out water enough for Noah’s flood, say, Noah’s flood was not universal, but a national inundation. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    ’Tis hard with me, whatever choice I make,
    I must not merit you, or must forsake:
    But in this streight, to honour I’ll be true,
    And leave my fortune to the gods and you. Dryden.

    Cæsar sees
    The streights to which you’re driven, and as he knows
    Cato’s high worth, is anxious for your life. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Ulysses made use of the pretence of natural infirmity to conceal the straits he was in at that time in his thoughts. William Broome.

  3. To Straitverb

    To put to difficulties.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    If your lass
    Interpretation should abuse, and call this
    Your lack of love or bounty; you were straited
    For a reply, at least, if you make care
    Of happy holding her. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. Strait

    A strait is an oceanic landform connecting two seas or two other large areas of water. The surface water generally flows at the same elevation on both sides and through the strait in either direction. Most commonly, it is a narrow ocean channel that lies between two land masses. Some straits are not navigable, for example because they are either too narrow or too shallow, or because of an unnavigable reef or archipelago. Straits are also known to be loci for sediment accumulation. Usually, sand-size deposits occur on both the two opposite strait exits, forming subaqueous fans or deltas.


  1. strait

    A strait is a narrow body of water that connects two larger bodies of water and separates adjacent land areas. It is a naturally occurring, navigable passage between two larger bodies of water. Straits can be important for shipping, navigation, and geopolitics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Straitadjective

    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. Straitadverb

    strictly; rigorously

  9. Straitadjective

    a narrow pass or passage

  10. Straitadjective

    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. Straitadjective

    a neck of land; an isthmus

  12. Straitadjective

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

  13. Straitverb

    to put to difficulties

  14. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. strait

    A passage connecting one part of a sea with another; as, the Straits of Gibraltar, of Sunda, of Dover, &c. This word is often written in the plural, but without competent reason.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Strait is ranked #5352 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Strait surname appeared 6,505 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Strait.

    89.9% or 5,849 total occurrences were White.
    4.8% or 316 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 148 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 111 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 44 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 37 total occurrences were Asian.

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  2. strati

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  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

Examples of strait in a Sentence

  1. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:

    We hope that our compatriots on both sides of the strait will continue to strengthen mutual understanding and trust, deepen their bonds of kinship, bring hearts and minds together.

  2. Zhu Fenglian:

    Stopping' Taiwan independence' is the necessary condition for maintaining peaceful cross-strait relations, joseph Wu has repeatedly and arrogantly provoked' Taiwan independence'... we will take all necessary measures to severely punish such' Taiwan independence' diehards for life in accordance with the law.

  3. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:

    We will strive to make progress in discussion and dialogue between the two sides of the strait, advance cross-strait economic integration for mutual benefit and promote local and youth exchanges, we are firmly confident that the peaceful growth of cross-strait relations is a historical trend that can be neither resisted nor reversed.

  4. Julius Baer analyst Carsten Menke:

    The costs of direct military confrontation are prohibitive, and disrupting oil flows would alienate loose allies such as China and India, the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a key chokepoint of global oil flows, remains a very unlikely event.

  5. Esmail Kowsari:

    If Iran’s oil exports are to be prevented, we will not give permission for oil to be exported to the world through the Strait of Hormuz.

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