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Meanings for strain

to make a strenuous effort


(physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces

stress, 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

tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase(noun)

a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

"she was humming an air from Beethoven"

strain, mental strain, nervous 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"

breed, strain, stock(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"

form, variant, strain, var.(noun)

(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

"a new strain of microorganisms"


injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain

tenor, strain(noun)

the general meaning or substance of an utterance

"although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"

striving, nisus, pains, strain(noun)

an effortful attempt to attain a goal

strain, straining(noun)

an intense or violent exertion

song, strain(verb)

the act of singing

"with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"

strive, reach, strain(verb)

to exert much effort or energy

"straining our ears to hear"

try, strain, stress(verb)

test the limits of

"You are trying my patience!"

strain, extend(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"

sift, sieve, strain(verb)

separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

"sift the flour"

tense, strain, tense up(verb)

cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

"he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

strain, tense(verb)

become stretched or tense or taut

"the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"

filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out(verb)

remove by passing through a filter

"filter out the impurities"

puree, strain(verb)

rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

"puree the vegetables for the baby"

deform, distort, strain(verb)

alter the shape of (something) by stress

"His body was deformed by leprosy"

the line of ancestors from whom a person is descended

descended from a strain of Irish seafarers

a rhythmic series of musical tones arranged to give a pleasing effect

the strain of an old Irish ballad rose up from the revelers downstairs

a very small amount

detected a strain of panic in her voice when she asked if the substance was poisonous

a number of persons or things that are grouped together because they have something in common

writes mystery novels of a more sophisticated strain

the burden on one's emotional or mental well-being created by demands on one's time

the family's constant moving is putting a real strain on the children

to injure by overuse, misuse, or pressure

in order to lift something heavy, squat down and lift with your legs, or you'll strain your back

to pass through a filter

better strain that coffee thoroughly to get all the grounds out

to devote serious and sustained effort

the whole department is straining to complete the project before the deadline

to flow forth slowly through small openings

put the cooked fruit in a cheesecloth bag and let the juice strain into a pan

to subject (a personal quality or faculty) to often excessive stress

strained her memory but the name just wouldn't come to her

to draw tight

the dog strained its leash trying to get to the cat

to put one's arms around and press tightly

the woman tenderly strained to her breast the child that she had long ago given up for dead

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Example Sentences of strain

He tried to restrain his anger.

Take care not to strain your eyes.

You must learn to restrain yourself.

You should learn to restrain yourself.

The strain is beginning to tell on him.

The strain has begun to tell on his health.

Tom, please restrain yourself.

Tom has been under a lot of strain recently.

Restrain your impulses.

When you skateboard, it puts quite a strain on your knees.

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Synonyms for strain

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 agitation commotion disquiet disturbance excitement motion movement restlessness rush stir toil tumult unrest work tighten force exert depurate purify clarify defecate lixiviate draw tightly wrench sprain put to the utmost strength pervert push too far constrain compel try hard make great efforts be filtered be strained extreme tension over exertion violent effort great exertion poem lay sonnet style manner deformation stump strains pressure counterfoil deformational voltage ethnic stem eca isolate cepa fatigue burden stub birth breeding extraction family tree genealogy warble ace bit crumb dab dram driblet glimmer hint lick little mite nip ounce particle peanuts ray scintilla scruple shade shadow shred skosh smack smell smidgen smidgeon snap soupçon spark spatter speck splash spot sprinkling streak suspicion tad trace description feather genre ilk kidney like nature order species stripe type pull rack bang away beaver (away) dig (away) drudge fag grub hump hustle labor moil peg (away) plod plow plug slave slog struggle sweat travail tug bleed exude ooze seep transude weep tax tauten bear hug clasp crush embrace enclasp enfold grasp hug

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Antonyms for strain

issue posterity progeny seed loosen slack slacken

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Strain in different languages

  • سلالةArabic
  • colar Catalan
  • kmen Czech
  • stamm erregerstamm German
  • clase tipo tamizar elongar colar trazas tensión Spanish
  • siivilöidä venäyttää rasittaa kuormittaa kiristää Finnish
  • race variété hérédité French
  • sníomh freang Irish
  • sìolaidhScots Gaelic
  • coarGalician
  • carattere ereditario colare razza passare slogare scolare tendere predisposizione tirare forzare ceppo disposizione varietà Italian
  • 歪みJapanese
  • 당기다, 거르다, 켕기다Korean
  • whakawhēnanau, tātari, riakaMaori
  • zeven aantrekken aanspannen scheiden overstrekken afscheiden forceren Dutch
  • colarOccitan
  • szczep Polish
  • tensão Portuguese
  • strecura Romanian
  • штамм род порода сорт Russian
  • திரிபு Tamil
  • gerilme Turkish
  • 應變 Chinese

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