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strain

noun

1 strain

physics Deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces.

Roget 170: agency, operation, force, working, strain, function, office, maintenance, exercise, work, swing, play; interworking, interaction; ... show more

Roget 173: violence, inclemency, vehemence, might, impetuosity; boisterousness etc. adj.; effervescence, ebullition; turbulence, bluster; uproar, callithump [U.S.], ... show more

Roget 402: sound, noise, strain; accent, twang, intonation, tone; cadence; sonorousness etc. adj.; audibility; resonance etc. ... show more

Roget 160: weakness etc. adj.; debility, atony, relaxation, languor, enervation; impotence etc. 158; infirmity; effeminacy, feminality; ... show more

Roget 549: exaggeration; expansion etc. 194; hyperbole, stretch, strain, coloring; high coloring, caricature, caricatura; extravagance etc. (nonsense) ... show more

Roget 569: style, diction, phraseology, wording; manner, strain; composition; mode of expression, choice of words; mode of speech, literary power, ready pen, pen of a ready writer; ... show more

Dutch: rek
Polish: odkształcenie



2 strain

Difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension:
— She endured the stresses and strains of life.

synonym: stress.

Roget 686: exertion, effort, strain, tug, pull, stress, throw, stretch, struggle, spell, spurt, spirt; stroke of work, stitch of work.    ... show more

Roget 580: voice; vocality; organ, lungs, bellows; good voice, fine voice, powerful voice etc. (loud) 404; musical voice etc. 413; ... show more

Dutch: spanning, stress
Polish: stres, zdenerwowanie

3 strain

A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence.

synonyms: air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune.

Roget 69: continuity; consecution, consecutiveness etc. adj.; succession, round, suite, progression, series, train chain; catenation, concatenation; ... show more

Roget 597: poetry, poetics, poesy, Muse, Calliope, tuneful Nine, Parnassus, Helicon, Pierides, Pierian spring.    versification, rhyming, making verses; ... show more

Roget 415: music; concert; strain, tune, air; melody etc. 413; aria, arietta; piece of music [Fr.], work, number, opus; ... show more

Dutch: kant, lijn, melodie, zangwijs
Polish: melodia

4 strain

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.

synonyms: mental strain, nervous strain.

Dutch: nervositeit, spanning, vervormen

5 strain

A special variety of domesticated animals within a species:
— He created a new strain of sheep.

synonyms: breed, stock.

Roget 11: consanguinity, relationship, kindred, blood; parentage etc. (paternity) 166; filiation, affiliation; lineage, agnation, connection, alliance; ... show more

Dutch: ras, soort
Polish: szczep

6 strain

biology A group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups:
— A new strain of microorganisms.

synonyms: form, var., variant.

Polish: kultura

7 strain

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

8 strain

The general meaning or substance of an utterance.

synonym: tenor.

9 strain

An effortful attempt to attain a goal.

synonyms: nisus, pains, striving.

Dutch: streven

10 strain

An intense or violent exertion.

synonym: straining.

Polish: wytężanie się, naprężanie się, napinanie się, wysilanie się, sprężanie się, gimnastykowanie się, natężanie się

11 strain

The act of singing.

synonym: song.

Dutch: zang

verb

1 strain

To exert much effort or energy:
— Straining our ears to hear.

synonyms: reach, strive.

Roget 160: be weak etc. adj.; drop, crumble, give way, totter, tremble, shake, halt, limp, fade, languish, decline, ... show more

Roget 688: be fatigued etc. adj.; yawn etc. (get sleepy) 683; droop, sink, flag; lose breath, lose wind; gasp, pant, ... show more

Roget 170: be in action etc. adj.; operate, work; act, act upon; perform, play, support, sustain, strain, maintain, ... show more

Roget 173: be violent etc. adj.; run high; ferment, effervesce; romp, rampage, go on a rampage; run wild, run amuck, run riot; break the peace; rush, ... show more

Roget 482: overestimate, overrate, overvalue, overprize, overweigh, overreckon, overstrain, overpraise; eulogize; estimate too highly, attach too much importance to, make mountains of molehills, catch at straws; strain, ... show more

Roget 549: exaggerate, magnify, pile up, aggravate; amplify etc. (expand) 194; overestimate etc. 482; hyperbolize; overcharge, overstate, ... show more

Roget 303: transgress, surpass, pass; go beyond, go by; show in front, come to the front; shoot ahead of; steal a march upon, steal a gain upon.    overstep, overpass, overreach, overgo, ... show more

2 strain

Test the limits of.

synonyms: stress, try.

Dutch: beproeven

3 strain

Use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity:
— Don't strain your mind too much.

synonym: extend.

4 strain

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

synonyms: sieve, sift.

Dutch: zift, ziften

5 strain

Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious.

synonyms: tense, tense up.

6 strain

Become stretched or tense or taut:
— The rope strained when the weight was attached.

synonym: tense.

7 strain

Remove by passing through a filter.

synonyms: filter, filter out, filtrate, separate out.

Roget 652: be clean, render clean etc. adj.; clean, cleanse; mundify, rinse, wring, flush, full, wipe, mop, sponge, ... show more

Roget 295: emerge, emanate, issue; egress; go out of, come out of, move out of, pass out of, pour out of, flow out of; pass out of, evacuate.    exude, transude; ... show more

8 strain

Rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender.

synonym: puree.

9 strain

Alter the shape of (something) by stress.

synonyms: deform, distort.


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