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  1. a person or thing that strains.
  2. a filter, sieve, or the like for straining liquids.
  3. 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


  1. a sieve used for straining sauces, vegetables, tea, etc
  2. a gauze or simple filter used to strain liquids
  3. Australian and NZ a self-locking device or a tool for tightening fencing wire
  4. Australian and NZ the main post in a wire fence, often diagonally braced
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Word Origin and History for strainer


early 14c., agent noun from strain (v.).

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