Adjective "Strain" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Force (a part of one's body or oneself) to make an unusually great effort.
  1. 'If you overdo it and strain yourself, you may become discouraged.'
  2. 'No one is straining himself; indeed, Noah is having a nap, perhaps exhausted by the very thought of the strenuous timetable drawn up for him.'
  3. 'What you do need to do is give a positive impression while not straining yourself in trying to impress him/her.'
  4. 'They could do much more to help guard the West without straining themselves.'
  5. 'When one strained oneself to listen to the speaker one could make out that some important male writers were speaking in generalities.'
  6. 'I'd seen him check it once, seeing if it was empty enough to pick up without straining himself and still full enough to make a resounding crunch and splash as the top came off.'
  7. 'But don't strain yourselves getting out of your new squad car.'
  8. 'The fact is that he had a huge capacity for understanding the minutiae of problems without effort so he did not need to strain himself.'
  9. 'I strain myself to make each song a distinctive experience.'
  10. 'Of course I get people with pulled muscles from playing football, but it's also not unusual for me to deal with someone who has tripped up at home and strained themselves.'
  11. 'his voice was so quiet that I had to strain to hear it'
  12. 'But an outer layer of the public also surrounded him, straining to hear every word uttered by the man.'
  13. 'First of all, she's a mumbler, so I really have to strain to hear her.'
  14. 'He strains to hear something recognizable, but the fog and the sea muffle everything.'
  15. 'She lay frozen on the bed for a moment, straining to hear, above the moaning of the wind, the human sounds that she knew must be present in the room.'
  16. 'David was jangling his change so frantically you had to strain to hear what anyone was saying.'
  17. 'But I also tilted my head a lot, like a cat straining to hear a really weird sound.'
  18. 'Because I was taking notes and straining to hear what was being said on the tape, I didn't necessarily realise what was being said.'
  19. 'Scores of people stood around in the darkened gallery straining to hear every word of the amazing, passionate reading.'
  20. 'And after straining to hear it, I realised that it sounded familiar.'
  21. 'I sat on the bed shivering, straining to hear their conversation, but they were too far down the hall and speaking too softly anyway.'
  22. 'glare from the screen can strain your eyes'
  23. 'Zaheer strained his muscle in the right leg this morning and was ruled out for the rest of the ongoing Test.'
  24. 'One of the athletes was placed on the injured list after straining his left quadriceps.'
  25. 'Britain's victory hopes took a setback during the warm-up when the penalty corner specialist Ben Hawes strained a calf muscle and was replaced by Jerome Goudie.'
  26. 'The doc put our minds at rest and said the blood was probably from muscles being strained whilst retching but he was de-hydrated and would need to be admitted.'
  27. 'Spring is the season for groin pulls - that is, straining the adductor muscles that run along the inside of your thighs.'
  28. 'Aberfeldie last year learned the cost of attacking through one player when Minton-Connell strained his thigh muscle in the warm-up before the grand final.'
  29. 'But alas in practice they are usually so huge that you inevitably strain a minor muscle or two moving your arm to look at the data.'
  30. 'I need to have wheels installed on this thing, she thought, straining her arm muscles and knocking her knees against its bulk as she walked.'
  31. 'The Ulsterman claims to have strained a thigh muscle last week while fishing - strange but true.'
  32. 'Anyway, I'm home from work this week because I've strained my muscles under my left ribs and it has only been getting worse.'
  33. 'This strains housing stock levels for future generations.'
  34. 'Indonesia's large and growing population continues to strain national resources.'
  35. 'The scheme will provide 40 affordable homes and three playgrounds as well as hundreds of new neighbours who many fear will strain local resources.'
  36. 'But it will strain its ability to pick the right locations to get that boost.'
  37. 'Fort McMurray infrastructure and services are strained by the shadow population according to a survey.'
  38. 'In the era of the Internet, the efficacy of the name suppression orders was always going to be severely strained, but some online publishers took the issue seriously.'
  39. 'The volume of these ethnic groups plus black migrants strained social services to the breaking point.'
  40. 'The groundwater resources have been severely strained by over-use.'
  41. 'Adding an additional 300 does not strain our resources.'
  42. 'Rapid population increases are not only straining this country's resources; they're also changing the way we live.'
  43. 'the bear strained at the chain around its neck'
  44. 'It uses the pressure points on the shih-tzu's nose and head to apply pressure which stops the shih-tzu from pulling, jumping and straining against the leash.'
  45. '‘Get on the ship,’ she replied, her voice straining against the wind and rain.'
  46. 'No matter how he twisted and pulled, straining against the straps, he could not free himself.'
  47. 'Suddenly there is a stir and, frozen feet forgotten, binoculars are focused on a small brown blob and a man with two slim, keen dogs straining against their twin collars.'
  48. 'But Ibsen himself thought her brave and true to her exceptional self, straining against the suffocation of modern life.'
  49. 'My somewhat rusty culinary skills creaked and groaned like a wooden ship straining against high winds.'
  50. 'Mack stopped straining against his grip, and relaxed.'
  51. 'But the escalation of repression requires more and more troops, and the military is already straining against the limitations of a volunteer army.'
  52. 'He pulls her back towards him, straining against her.'
  53. 'The doomed tanker was hauled out to sea by tugs straining against the winds and tide.'
  54. 'the barbed wire fence was strained to posts six feet high'
  55. 'It originally used as transmitting antenna a cage aerial, which was strained between two 60 meters tall wood towers.'
  56. 'she strained the infant to her bosom again'
  57. 'I felt his arms straining me, could hear his laughter near me, could smell his stench.'
Pour (a mainly liquid substance) through a porous or perforated device or material in order to separate out any solid matter.
  1. 'Wood-grain areas of the car can be polished with a mixture of equal parts strained lemon juice and olive oil.'
  2. 'This process is repeated one more time before the mixture is strained through an empty cotton bag to remove the husks.'
  3. 'After the third and final straining the ale should be ready to drink.'
  4. 'Remove from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl.'
  5. 'I strained the cream and milk mixture to get rid of the twigs - but reincorporated some of the zest and thyme leaves - and beat it into the eggs and sugar.'
  6. 'In the morning of Day 6, I strained the wine into a pan for the final step: mixing in honey and vodka.'
  7. 'Slowly strain the butter through a fine sieve into a clean pan, leaving the sediment behind.'
  8. 'Soak tamarind in 1 ½ cups of water, squeeze well and strain the juice.'
  9. 'Simmer for 10 minutes, leave to cool and then strain the mixture through a sieve into a large jug.'
  10. 'Remove and set aside for 10 minutes, then strain the oil and combine with the remaining olive oil; discard the garlic.'
  11. 'she turned to the sink to strain the noodles'
  12. 'For instance, canned chicken and tuna can be strained to remove a significant amount of sodium.'
  13. 'Now granny decided that we should not get either hives or boils so in the early spring we had to go and get some young nettles which she then boiled and strained.'
  14. 'Simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat and strain all ingredients.'
  15. 'Add almost all of the remaining berries and strain the fruit, keeping all the juices.'
  16. 'With a piece of netting they strained the rice into buckets while I held the torch.'
  17. 'The first wax to be used was animal fat which was boiled and strained till it turned to tallow and then had scents added to it to disguise the smell.'
  18. 'Remove from the heat and serve as it is or strain the leaves and potato into a food processor.'
  19. 'These plates are used to strain food from the water.'
  20. 'strain off the surplus fat'
  21. 'Add seasoning and simmer on a low heat with a tight fitting lid to create a rich stock. Once the stock is ready, strain the liquid off and set aside.'
  22. 'Follow the instructions given above, but the plant will grow so every third time you strain off the liquid, give away or throw away half the plant.'
  23. 'This is the most successful part of the recipe. You strain the mussel liquid into a bowl, wipe out your pot, then re-add the liquid and bring it to a boil.'
  24. 'First thing they had seen on arriving at the base of the rock was a partly crumbled brick wall and beside it a clay water pot with a piece of old yellow robe used to strain the water.'
  25. 'Peel a medium cucumber, purée it in your blender for 10 seconds, and strain the water out.'


A force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree.
  1. mass noun 'aluminium may bend under strain'
  2. 'Repetitive strain injuries are thought to be the result of tasks such as typing or even picking up the phone repeatedly.'
  3. 'Essentially, it was a term used in engineering to describe the effect of a mechanical force that placed strain or pressure on an object.'
  4. 'Women are healthy when they're pregnant when they're young but at our age that's too much of a strain on our body and leaves us open to a host of diseases.'
  5. 'The back analysis of the results of measuring the distribution of strains and forces along the anchor was done in order to optimise the choice of anchor zone length.'
  6. 'The wind filled the sails and the ropes creaked and stretched with the strain as the ship ploughed through the waves splashing the surf at her bows and leaving a white trail behind.'
  7. 'The structure of the ligamenta flava enables them to be stretched to high strains without damage.'
  8. 'The walls were bending as much as they could, but it was an enormous strain on them nonetheless.'
  9. 'The results are consistent with the predictions of continuum elasticity theory for the strain of a point source subject to an applied force.'
  10. 'The big question is how long his ageing body can stand the strain.'
  11. 'Stress is defined as a condition that puts a physical strain on the body.'
  12. 'Hayes missed the victory over Thornhill with a hamstring strain but the injury has been responding to treatment.'
  13. 'Last year he struggled with groin strains for most of the year and was never operating at full fitness.'
  14. 'The most common snow injuries are strains, sprains and fractures.'
  15. 'The new automobile insurance system includes a limit of $4,000 on pain and suffering awards for a minor injury such as a strain, sprain or minor whiplash.'
  16. 'A broad range of injury types was found to occur at each of these sites, except in the groin, for which the 12 injuries reported were exclusively strains.'
  17. 'Carey is troubled with a calf injury, while O'Hara has a groin strain.'
  18. 'A recent study concluded that maintaining constant glycine levels might prevent sports injuries such as muscle strains and sprains.'
  19. 'Two years ago he played on with a groin strain, ended up with a hernia and missed out on the Ashes tour.'
  20. 'Repetitive strain injury occurs when the movable parts of the limbs are injured.'
  21. 'Yoga students who push themselves too far without proper supervision risk suffering painful injuries and strains.'
  22. 'The c-maximum fabric normal to foliation is typical of calcite rocks deformed experimentally to high strains in simple shear.'
  23. 'This is achieved by choosing a material with a large elastic modulus, a low density and a large value of the maximum allowable strain before permanent deformation occurs.'
  24. 'Two possible causes have been argued to explain this feature for limestone deformed to high shear strains.'
A severe or excessive demand on the strength, resources, or abilities of someone or something.
  1. mass noun 'she's under considerable strain'
  2. 'This has put a strain on our long-distant communication.'
  3. 'Weight lifting places great strains on both body and mind.'
  4. 'Overweight and obese people are at far greater risk of a number of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease, and an ever fatter population will put a strain on healthcare resources.'
  5. 'A source insisted there was a 25 per cent turnout of estate police on Friday and noted that this had put a strain on their on-duty colleagues.'
  6. 'The resultant dengue outbreaks place severe strains on public hospitals, with wards filled to overflowing with patients.'
  7. 'This modification, while it suits the owner perfectly, put a strain on my ability to shoot small 25 yard groups.'
  8. 'The Federation for American Immigration Reform says the increase has put a strain on city and state budgets.'
  9. 'Just casting it once can be a real strain on the body.'
  10. 'The physical strain on Jones' body was incredible.'
  11. 'Downturn in the fertiliser market coupled with rising production costs and wet weather has put a strain on the industry.'
  12. 'But when both are focused on taking, then the dynamic is pulling in opposite directions - creating strain and tension.'
  13. 'Recently McGregor's relationship with the press has also shown signs of strain.'
  14. 'As the first week passed by so did some strain and tension on the couple's relationship.'
  15. 'But what she has put under severe strain is the exchange of intelligence between the US and the UK on which the joint war against terrorism depends.'
  16. 'Exhaustion, strain and tension are what hit you.'
  17. 'The release of the body from the tension and strain of work may be understood as a natural physical response to fatigue.'
  18. 'The social fabric is already showing signs of strain.'
  19. 'Social factors, such as affluence and population growth, add further demand and strain on recreation opportunities.'
  20. 'But the fighting began last week without that help, and several days into the war, the amity between the two nations is under severe strain.'
  21. 'This constant state of alert places high tension and strain on staff.'
The sound of a piece of music.
  1. 'Somewhere musicians were still rehearsing for later, and the vague strains of music allowed him to make such a move without any culpability.'
  2. 'Baraka here is particularly interested in the differing timbres or tones that the two strains of music produced.'
  3. 'In the background, strains of Latin music blend with sounds of sizzling from the kitchen to create an uplifting, cheerful atmosphere.'
  4. 'This last sequence was accompanied by the heartrending strains of Pablo Casals playing a Spanish folk song on the cello.'
  5. 'The air is moist and moss-scented, and you slide your fingers along the slick castle stones as you're pulled by faint strains of music that sound vaguely familiar.'
  6. 'In the Kiev Sports Palace gymnasium I watched Larissa go through her paces to the strains of music by Tchaikovsky.'
  7. 'While there are only a few strains of music throughout the game, such as the familiar success theme when a mission has been completed, the ambient sound effects truly shine in this game.'
  8. 'Just a few yards away from the mahal, the strains of Carnatic music emanate from a small shrine.'
  9. 'By then, they had already reached the auditorium, and strains of beautiful piano music wafted to their ears.'
  10. 'The strains of music played, the words came up, and we cheered as one.'
  11. 'She stopped complaining when she heard the first strains of classical music.'

More definitions

verb (used with object)

1. to draw tight or taut, especially to the utmost tension; stretch to the full: to strain a rope.

2. to exert to the utmost: to strain one's ears to catch a sound.

3. to impair, injure, or weaken (a muscle, tendon, etc.) by stretching or overexertion.

4. to cause mechanical deformation in (a body or structure) as the result of stress.

5. to stretch beyond the proper point or limit: to strain the meaning of a word.

6. to make excessive demands upon: to stra


(strain)Middle English (as a verb): from Old French estreindre, from Latin stringere ‘draw tight’. Current senses of the noun arose in the mid 16th century.


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