strait

[ streyt ]
/ streɪt /

noun

Often straits. (used with a singular verb) a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water.
Often straits. a position of difficulty, distress, or need: Ill and penniless, he was in sad straits indeed.
Archaic. a narrow passage or area.
an isthmus.

adjective Archaic.

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Origin of strait

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English streit “narrow, a strait,” from Old French estreit “narrow, tight,” from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere “to tighten, bind”; see strain1

synonym study for strait

2. See emergency.

OTHER WORDS FROM strait

straitly, adverbstraitness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH strait

straight, strait .
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British Dictionary definitions for strait

strait
/ (streɪt) /

noun

(often plural)
  1. a narrow channel of the sea linking two larger areas of sea
  2. (capital as part of a name)the Strait of Gibraltar
(often plural) a position of acute difficulty (often in the phrase in dire or desperate straits)
archaic a narrow place or passage

adjective archaic

(of spaces, etc) affording little room
(of circumstances, etc) limiting or difficult
severe, strict, or scrupulous

Derived forms of strait

straitly, adverbstraitness, noun

Word Origin for strait

C13: from Old French estreit narrow, from Latin strictus constricted, from stringere to bind tightly
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Medical definitions for strait

strait
[ strāt ]

n.

A narrow passage, such as the upper or lower opening of the pelvic canal.
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Scientific definitions for strait

strait
[ strāt ]

A narrow waterway joining two larger bodies of water. The Strait of Gibraltar, for example, connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.
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