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Definition of "strain" []

  • To pull, draw, or stretch tight: strained the sheets over the bed. (verb-transitive)
  • To exert or tax to the utmost: straining our ears to hear. (verb-transitive)
  • To injure or impair by overuse or overexertion; wrench: strain a muscle. (verb-transitive)
  • To stretch or force beyond the proper or legitimate limit: strain a point. (verb-transitive)
  • Physics To alter (the relations between the parts of a structure or shape) by applying an external force; deform. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "strain" in a sentence
  • "I. i.259 (286,2) The strain of man's bred out/Into baboon and monkey] Man is exhausted and degenerated; his _strain_ or lineage is worn down into monkey."
  • "(AP) - A groin strain is exactly the type of injury that most goalies dread."
  • ""She makes writing a book sound like busywork ... the strain is as palpable as the voice is cute, and the drama is virtually nonexistent.""