- straining arch,
- straining piece,
- straining sill,
Origin of strait
Examples from the Web for straitly
Mrs. Chapel was dismissed and straitly charged never to return.Berry And Co.|Dornford Yates
Flying from his castle, then straitly besieged, the fugitive king saw it in flames, and soon after expired with grief.
If the walls of the narrow tunnel pressed him too straitly, he could expand them by a few seconds of digging.The Haunters of the Silences|Charles G. D. Roberts
John the Archdeacon, we are told, repented on his death-bed, and straitly charged his brother Reginald to restore the lands.History of the Cathedral Church of Wells|Edward A. Freeman
It fenced in a green field in heraldry as straitly as a green field in peasant proprietorship.What's Wrong With The World|G.K. Chesterton
- a narrow channel of the sea linking two larger areas of sea
- (capital as part of a name)the Strait of Gibraltar
Word Origin for strait
mid-14c., "narrow, confined space or place," specifically of bodies of water from late 14c., noun use of adjective strait "narrow, strict" (late 13c.), from Old French estreit (French étroit) "tight, close, narrow" (also used as a noun), from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere "bind or draw tight" (see strain (v.)).
Sense of "difficulty, plight" (usually straits) first recorded 1540s. Strait and narrow "conventional way of life" is recorded from mid-14c. (see straight (adj.2)).