Definitions of strain:
  • noun:   an intense or violent exertion
  • noun:   (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  • noun:   injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  • noun:   (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
    Example: "His responsibilities were a constant strain"
  • noun:   the act of singing
  • noun:   a lineage or race of people
  • noun:   pervading note of an utterance
  • noun:   a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
    Example: "He created a new strain of sheep"
  • noun:   difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
    Example: "She endured the stresses and strains of life"
  • noun:   (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
    Example: "A new strain of microorganisms"
  • noun:   an effortful attempt to attain a goal
  • noun:   a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  • verb:   use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
    Example: "Don't strain your mind too much"
  • verb:   stretch or force to the limit
    Example: "Strain the rope"
  • verb:   make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  • verb:   rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
  • verb:   test the limits of
  • verb:   alter the shape of (something) by stress
  • verb:   to exert much effort or energy
    Example: "Straining our ears to hear"
  • verb:   remove by passing through a filter
  • verb:   separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
  • name:  A surname (rare: 1 in 25000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #3399)

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