verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Words nearby strain
Origin of strain1
SYNONYMS FOR strain
OTHER WORDS FROM strainstrain·ing·ly, adverbstrain·less, adjectivestrain·less·ly, adverb
Definition for strain (2 of 2)
Origin of strain2
Examples from the Web for strain
I strain and push and pedal and wonder, “When will this end?”
However we strain to distract ourselves, our consciousness of death heightens our awareness of evil.
Even before his injury, the strain had begun to tell on him.
This point has merit, but quickly begins to strain after the application of any sort of pressure.
I am just so convinced that junk food and high sugar food are undermining the health of people…It caused a lot of strain.
A man does not really know, until he gets out of the office, what the strain is.Ethics in Service|William Howard Taft
This was not in the strain of hireling praise; but the genuine tribute of esteem and admiration.The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves|Tobias Smollett
Cook beans till well done, strain off the water, and set aside to cool.The Vegetarian Cook Book|E. G. Fulton
Remove the bouquet garni, strain the broth through a fine sieve and return to the pot.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book|Victor Hirtzler
I was always conscious of sounds in Nature which my ears could not hear, that I caught but a prelude to a strain.A History of American Literature Since 1870|Fred Lewis Pattee
British Dictionary definitions for strain (1 of 2)
- to push, pull, or work with violent exertion (upon)
- to strive (for)
- to balk or scruple (from)