1. (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces (synset 111535758)
  2. Difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension (synset 114433493)
    "she endured the stresses and strains of life"; "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"
  3. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence (synset 107041860)
    "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  4. (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress (synset 114399295)
    "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
  5. A special variety of domesticated animals within a species (synset 108118376)
    "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep"
  6. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups (synset 108128123)
    "a new strain of microorganisms"
  7. Injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse);
    Results in swelling and pain (synset 114321604)
  8. The general meaning or substance of an utterance (synset 105931082)
    "although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"
  9. An effortful attempt to attain a goal (synset 100790427)
  10. An intense or violent exertion (synset 100625793)
  11. The act of singing (synset 100547426)
    "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
  1. To exert much effort or energy (synset 201148517)
    "straining our ears to hear"
  2. Test the limits of (synset 201802463)
    "You are trying my patience!"
  3. Use to the utmost;
    Exert vigorously or to full capacity (synset 201167895)
    "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"
  4. Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements (synset 201462658)
    "sift the flour"
  5. Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious (synset 200025196)
    "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
  6. Become stretched or tense or taut (synset 201575559)
    "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed"; "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
  7. Remove by passing through a filter (synset 201461293)
    "filter out the impurities"
  8. Rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender (synset 201253038)
    "puree the vegetables for the baby"
  9. Alter the shape of (something) by stress (synset 200477675)
    "His body was deformed by leprosy"

Other Searches