verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- strain fracture,
- strain gauge,
- straining arch
Origin of strain1
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
- to push, pull, or work with violent exertion (upon)
- to strive (for)
- to balk or scruple (from)
Word Origin for strain
Word Origin for strain
"to stretch, draw tight," c.1300, from present participle stem of Old French estreindre "bind tightly, clasp, squeeze," from Latin stringere (2) "bind or draw tight," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (cf. Lithuanian stregti "congeal;" Greek strangein "twist;" Old High German strician "mends nets;" Old English streccian "to stretch," streng "string;" German stramm, Dutch stram "stiff"). Sense of "press through a filter" is from early 14c. (implied in strainer); that of "lay undue stress on, make a forced interpretation of" is from mid-15c. Related: Strained; straining.
"line of descent," Old English strion, streon "gain, begetting," from Proto-Germanic *streun- "to pile up," from PIE root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure (n.)). Applied to animal species first in c.1600.
"injury caused by straining," 1550s, from strain (v.). The meaning "passage of music" (1570s) probably developed from a verbal sense of "to tighten" the voice, originally the strings of a musical instrument (late 14c.).