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The Meaning of strain

  • (n.) Race; stock; generation; descent; family.
  • (n.) Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.
  • (n.) Rank; a sort.
  • (a.) To draw with force; to extend with great effort; to stretch; as, to strain a rope; to strain the shrouds of a ship; to strain the cords of a musical instrument.
  • (a.) To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it.
  • (a.) To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously.
  • (a.) To stretch beyond its proper limit; to do violence to, in the matter of intent or meaning; as, to strain the law in order to convict an accused person.
  • (a.) To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship.
  • (a.) To injure in the muscles or joints by causing to make too strong an effort; to harm by overexertion; to sprain; as, to strain a horse by overloading; to strain the wrist; to strain a muscle.
  • (a.) To squeeze; to press closely.
  • (a.) To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain.
  • (a.) To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation.
  • (a.) To press, or cause to pass, through a strainer, as through a screen, a cloth, or some porous substance; to purify, or separate from extraneous or solid matter, by filtration; to filter; as, to strain milk through cloth.
  • (v. i.) To make violent efforts.
  • (v. i.) To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil.
  • (n.) The act of straining, or the state of being strained.
  • (n.) A violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or tension, as of the muscles; as, he lifted the weight with a strain; the strain upon a ship's rigging in a gale; also, the hurt or injury resulting; a sprain.
  • (n.) A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress.
  • (n.) 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.
  • (n.) 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; also, a course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his career.
  • (n.) Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain.

Synonyms

tune , melody , form , pains , straining , striving , melodic line , stress , breed , tenor , var. , air , variant , line , stock , nisus , nervous strain , melodic phrase , mental strain , song , focus , tenseness , tension , emphasis , accent , aviation , personal credit line , cable , business , billet , stemma , ancestry , agate line , lineage , crinkle , telephone circuit , seam , breeze , bloodline , air travel , demarcation , course , crease , zephyr , short letter , line of products , job , assembly line , contrast , aura , product line , line of work , blood , bank line , line of merchandise , rail line , personal line of credit , dividing line , transmission line , airwave , line of descent , argumentation , channel , logical argument , phone line , furrow , atmosphere , parentage , wrinkle , descent , blood line , gentle wind , tonal pattern , occupation , line of business , pedigree , pipeline , line of credit , business line , railway line , subscriber line , origin , communication channel , telephone line , credit line , production line , line of reasoning , note , argument , neckcloth , gillyflower , caudex , fund , inventory , stock certificate , livestock , broth , store , gunstock , farm animal , figure , flesh , frame , shape , kind , conformation , sort , chassis , physical body , chance variable , soma , variation , discrepancy , human body , contour , grade , cast , mannikin , mannequin , physique , phase , variance , word form , version , stochastic variable , configuration , class , variate , pattern , bod , signifier , edition , descriptor , manikin , variety , anatomy , random variable , material body , manakin , build , tenor voice , twisting , torture , distortion , overrefinement , vocal , call , birdcall , birdsong , touch , strive , progress to , try , hit , arrive at , pass on , attain , filter out , sift , reach , sieve , puree , get hold of , make , extend , get to , gain , give , distort , filter , separate out , achieve , endeavour , pass , deform , reach out , tense up , turn over , accomplish , contact , endeavor , tense , filtrate , extend to , get through , hand , punctuate , sample , essay , test , try out , examine , seek , try on , accentuate , adjudicate , render , prove , emphasise , judge , taste , attempt , hear , assay , emphasize , widen , run , lead , continue , poke out , protract , stretch out , draw out , offer , put out , carry , go , stretch , stretch forth , unfold , exsert , gallop , expand , cover , prolong , hold out , broaden , screen , screen out , dribble , permeate , sink in , percolate , trickle , turn , warp , wring , bend , color , twist , colour , falsify , garble , twine , tinge , contort , flex , change shape , change form , tug , labor , labour , push , drive

Antonyms

unlax , relax , loosen up , make relaxed , unstrain , unwind

Rhymes

abstain , again , airplane , alain , alayne , ane , aquitaine , arcane , arraign , ascertain , attain , bahrain , bain , bane , biplane , birdbrain , blain , blaine , bloodstain , brain , brattain , brisbane , butane , cain , caine , campaign , cane , cellophane , chain , champagne , champaign , champlain , charlemagne , cheyne , chlordane , cocaine , complain , contain , costain , crane , dane , deign , delaine , detain , disdain , dogbane , domain , drain , duane , duquesne , dwayne , elaine , entertain , ethane , explain , eyestrain , fain , fane , feign , fontaine , forebrain , gain , germaine , germane , grain , henbane , humane , hurricane , hussein , inane , inhumane , insane , jain , jane , jayne , kain , kane , kayne , lain , lane , laraine , legerdemain , lindane , lorain , loraine , lorraine , main , maine , maintain , mane , membrane , messiaen , methane , migraine , monoplane , moraine , mundane , obtain , ordain , pain , paine , pane , payne , pentane , pertain , plain , plane , polyurethane , preordain , procaine , profane , propane , rain , rayne , refrain , regain , reign , rein , remain , restrain , retain , retrain , romain , romaine , sain , sane , seatrain , skein , slain , spain , sprain , stain , stane , sustain , swain , terrain , thane , train , twain , ukraine , urbane , urethane , vain , vane , vein , wain , wane , warplane , wayne , windowpane , zane , ahlen , aine , alaine , alane , allain , aven , ayn , baine , bayne , beauchaine , beauchene , biscayne , blane , blayne , cayne , chastain , constrain , crain , dayne , decrane , defrain , deschaine , devane , dewayne , domaine , draine , drane , duan , duchaine , dufrane , dushane , duwayne , elayne , fein , floodplain , fraine , frane , frayn , galane , grein , hahne , hain , hane , hayn , helane , heyne , hossain , iain , jermaine , jyishane , kahane , krain , krane , krein , lehane , maclaine , mcbane , mccain , mccane , mckain , mclain , mclean , mcwain , mustain , paign , quain , charlayne , craine , crayne , dahrain , demain , elane , frain , frayne , frein , germain , hayne , heyn , kaine , lafountain , laine , lennane , ln , mayne , mcbain , mcclain , mcclaine , mcclane , mcguane , mckane , mclane , mcquain , meyn , morain , okane , overtrain , raine , reine , ruane , sartain , serbaine , shain , shaine , shane , shayne , slaine , slane , swaine , swayne , thain , thaine , tirane , torain , trane , tremaine , tulane , uptain , urbain , veyne , vrain