verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of strain1
synonym study for strain
OTHER WORDS FROM strainstrain·ing·ly, adverbstrainless, adjectivestrain·less·ly, adverb
Words nearby strain
Definition for strain (2 of 2)
Origin of strain2
Example sentences from the Web for strain
That’s because it’s been done by growing a virus in cells from other species and waiting for a weaker strain to appear by chance.Synthetic biologists have created a slow-growing version of the coronavirus to give as a vaccine|David Rotman|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The Atlantic’s subscriber base is growing at a moment when its advertising and events businesses, like most every media company’s, are under strain.‘We’ve really reset our floor’: How The Atlantic gained 300,000 new subscribers in the past 12 months|Max Willens|September 10, 2020|Digiday
Most cytomegaloviruses don’t cause disease, and each strain has evolved to infect only one species, so the risk of a cytomegalovirus vaccine jumping between species is very low.Can Vaccines for Wildlife Prevent Human Pandemics?|Rodrigo Pérez Ortega|August 24, 2020|Quanta Magazine
We’re home to a strain of “innocent optimism,” the Post insisted.Politics Report: A Poll and a Court Ruling in Key Council Race|Scott Lewis|August 22, 2020|Voice of San Diego
American and global health authorities pick the flu strains to target, drugmakers manufacture the shots, and they’re given by workplaces, schools, drugstores, local public-health departments, physicians and hospitals.U.S. will conduct an unofficial dry run of a COVID-19 vaccine campaign this fall|Claire Zillman, reporter|August 19, 2020|Fortune
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
Remove the bouquet garni, strain the broth through a fine sieve and return to the pot.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book|Victor Hirtzler
Cook beans till well done, strain off the water, and set aside to cool.The Vegetarian Cook Book|E. G. Fulton
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)