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

    narrow

    "strait is the gate"

Wiktionary

  1. straitnoun

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

    The Strait of Gibraltar

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

  2. straitnoun

    A difficult position (often used in plural)

    To be in dire straits

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

  3. straitadjective

    narrow; restricted as to space or room; close

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

  4. straitadjective

    righteous, strict

    To follow the strait and narrow

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Straitadjective

    a variant of Straight

    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.]

  2. Strait

    narrow; not broad

    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.]

  3. Strait

    tight; close; closely fitting

    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.]

  4. Strait

    close; intimate; near; familiar

    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.]

  5. Strait

    strict; scrupulous; rigorous

    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.]

  6. Strait

    difficult; distressful; straited

    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.]

  7. Strait

    parsimonious; niggargly; mean

    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.]

  8. Straitadverb

    strictly; rigorously

    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.]

  9. Straitadjective

    a narrow pass or passage

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  11. Straitadjective

    a neck of land; an isthmus

    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.]

  12. Straitadjective

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

    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.]

  13. Straitverb

    to put to difficulties

    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.]

Freebase

  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.

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Numerology

  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. Kevin Donegan:

    This region provides a strong training opportunity for nations worldwide as three of the six major maritime chokepoints in the world are here: the Suez Canal, the Strait of Bab Al Mandeb and the Strait of Hormuz.

  2. 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.

  3. Mainland Affairs Council:

    The academics believe that there is no room for ambiguity across the Taiwan Strait, and suggests the government maintain its current policy position, strive to participate in the WHO and show goodwill to mainland Chinese suffering from the virus, additionally, minor incidents which could touch off a war across the Taiwan Strait should be avoided, that could become a pressure release point for the Chinese Communists to alleviate internal pressure.

  4. Ken Wyatt:

    It is an acknowledgment that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures date back 65,000 years.

  5. Kent Finlay:

    The truth of the matter is that every major label passed on George Strait, that van had two seats and an Army cot in the back. We took turns driving and riding and sleeping in the cot.

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