Associations to the word «Straining»


STRAIN, noun. (obsolete) Treasure.
STRAIN, noun. (obsolete) The blood-vessel in the yolk of an egg.
STRAIN, noun. (archaic) Race; lineage, pedigree.
STRAIN, noun. Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.
STRAIN, noun. A tendency or disposition.
STRAIN, noun. (literary) Any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style
STRAIN, noun. (biology) A particular breed or race of animal, microbe etc.
STRAIN, noun. (music) A portion of music divided off by a double bar; a complete musical period or sentence; a movement, or any rounded subdivision of a movement.
STRAIN, noun. (rare) A kind or sort (of person etc.).
STRAIN, verb. (obsolete) To hold tightly, to clasp.
STRAIN, verb. To apply a force or forces to by stretching out.
STRAIN, verb. To damage by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force.
STRAIN, verb. To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as when bending a beam.
STRAIN, verb. To exert or struggle (to do something), especially to stretch (one's senses, faculties etc.) beyond what is normal or comfortable.
STRAIN, verb. To stretch beyond its proper limit; to do violence to, in terms of intent or meaning.
STRAIN, verb. (transitive) To separate solid from liquid by passing through a strainer or colander
STRAIN, verb. (intransitive) To percolate; to be filtered.
STRAIN, verb. To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain.
STRAIN, verb. To urge with importunity; to press.
STRAIN, noun. The act of straining, or the state of being strained.
STRAIN, noun. A violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or tension, as of the muscles.
STRAIN, noun. An injury resulting from violent effort; a sprain.
STRAIN, noun. (uncountable) (engineering) A dimensionless measure of object deformation either referring to engineering strain or true strain.
STRAIN, noun. (obsolete) The track of a deer.
STRAIN A POINT, verb. To make a special effort; especially, to do a degree of violence to some principle or to one's own feelings.
STRAIN BURST, noun. The sudden fracturing of a rock face (especially in a mine) due to increased pressure
STRAIN COURTESY, verb. To go beyond what courtesy requires; to insist somewhat too much upon the precedence of others.
STRAIN ENERGY, noun. (physics) The potential energy stored in a body due to elastic deformation
STRAIN GAUGE, noun. A device that measures the strain in a structural element by measuring changes in electrical resistance of a sensor attached to the element under investigation.
STRAIN GAUGES, noun. Plural of strain gauge

Dictionary definition

STRAIN, noun. (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces.
STRAIN, noun. Difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; "she endured the stresses and strains of life"; "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R.J.Samuelson.
STRAIN, noun. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven".
STRAIN, noun. (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him".
STRAIN, noun. A special variety of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep".
STRAIN, noun. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms".
STRAIN, noun. Injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain.
STRAIN, noun. The general meaning or substance of an utterance; "although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument".
STRAIN, noun. An effortful attempt to attain a goal.
STRAIN, noun. An intense or violent exertion.
STRAIN, noun. The act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates".
STRAIN, verb. To exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear".
STRAIN, verb. Test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!".
STRAIN, verb. Use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much".
STRAIN, verb. Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour".
STRAIN, verb. Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up".
STRAIN, verb. Become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached".
STRAIN, verb. Remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities".
STRAIN, verb. Rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby".
STRAIN, verb. Alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy".

Wise words

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