[ strey-ner ]
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  1. a person or thing that strains.

  2. a filter, sieve, or the like for straining liquids.

  1. a stretcher or tightener.

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Origin of strainer

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at strain1, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for strainer


/ (ˈstreɪnə) /

  1. a sieve used for straining sauces, vegetables, tea, etc

  2. a gauze or simple filter used to strain liquids

  1. Australian and NZ a self-locking device or a tool for tightening fencing wire

  2. Australian and NZ the main post in a wire fence, often diagonally braced

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