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
Definition for strain (2 of 2)
Origin of strain2
Example sentences from the Web for strain
South Australia will lift its lockdown early and immediately allow outdoor exercise after fears authorities were dealing with an extremely infectious strain of the virus proved unfounded.
The Army Reservist’s dark suit and crisp button-down strain, like they can hardly contain his large frame.Two Years Ago, a Factory Worker. Today, a Republican Star|Nick Fouriezos|November 19, 2020|Ozy
The real game changer, though, will come when virologists no longer need to design vaccines that combat specific strains.It might not always take years to develop vaccines|Ula Chrobak|November 19, 2020|Popular Science
Marshall said the strain of the virus that’s circulating is “nasty” as many of those infected are not showing any symptoms.One of the world’s strictest new lockdowns bans outdoor exercising and dog-walking|Claire Zillman, reporter|November 19, 2020|Fortune
Korber and her team suggested that, on the basis of their research—conducted in cells in culture—the new strain seemed to be more infectious than the original.
“Drew was being annoying about something,” Jonathan says matter-of-factly, straining his brain for the details of their last tiff.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars|Kevin Fallon|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She squinted, blinked sporadically, and tilted her head, as if straining to wrestle answers from her brain.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This close alliance is now straining after a rare outburst from the UAE.Mideast Ally Blasts U.S. Over Accused Terrorist Story|Eli Lake|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Either way, the pressure is on—which has a way of squeezing, straining, and stretching a series into strange, unflattering shapes.
Roger Burnley: I would work to stop the straining when she belts.
He could see through it into the kitchen, and by straining his eyes, he could even see the stove and the refrigerator.The Servant Problem|Robert F. Young
The music and the cheering, faintly wafted to our straining ears, was inexpressibly sweet.My Own Story|Emmeline Pankhurst
Eyes, old and young, were straining for that first glimpse of a country never so dear to them as now.Lucile Triumphant|Elizabeth M. Duffield
"Perhaps, but there is no use of straining the biplane, or the engine either," returned Dick.The Rover Boys in the Air|Edward Stratemeyer
Straining their eyes, they pierced the wall of rain to see a small speedboat fighting its way upstream.Guilt of the Brass Thieves|Mildred A. Wirt
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)