[ ahy-streyn ]

  1. a sensation of discomfort produced in the eyes by their excessive or improper use: to have eyestrain from reading fine print in poor light.

Origin of eyestrain

First recorded in 1870–75; eye + strain1

Words Nearby eyestrain

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How to use eyestrain in a sentence

  • He will thereby be saved eyestrain and errors in his school work as well as given a valuable ability for life.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic | Edward L. Thorndike

British Dictionary definitions for eyestrain


/ (ˈaɪˌstreɪn) /

  1. fatigue or irritation of the eyes, resulting from excessive use, as from prolonged reading of small print, or uncorrected defects of vision

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