verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of strain1
SYNONYMS FOR strain
OTHER WORDS FROM strainstrain·ing·ly, adverbstrain·less, adjectivestrain·less·ly, adverb
Words nearby strain
Example sentences from the Web for straining
“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 straining (1 of 2)
- to push, pull, or work with violent exertion (upon)
- to strive (for)
- to balk or scruple (from)