|1.||[ verb ] to exert much effort or energy|
: "straining our ears to hear."
|Related terms:||tug trouble_oneself extend_oneself kill_oneself overstrain|
|2.||[ noun ] (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces|
|Related terms:||deformation overstrain physics|
|3.||[ 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
|Related terms:||difficulty try|
|4.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||use overstrain tax striving|
|5.||[ verb ] test the limits of|
"You are trying my patience!"
|Related terms:||afflict rack stress|
|6.||[ noun ] (music,fine art) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence|
|Synonyms:||tune melody air line melodic_phrase melodic_line|
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
|Related terms:||music part theme leitmotiv glissando theme_song flourish signature roulade countermelody phrase melodize|
|7.||[ noun ] (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics|
|Synonyms:||stock variety breed|
"varieties are frequently recognized in botany"
|Related terms:||animal_group taxonomic_group bloodstock pedigree cultivar species species biology breed breed|
|8.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||nervousness nerves tension psychology|
|9.||[ noun ] (genetics) a lineage or race of people|
|Related terms:||ancestry breed|
|10.||[ verb ] separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements|
"sift the flour"
|Related terms:||choose analyze separate resift winnow riddle rice sieve_out sieve sifter strainer winnow|
|11.||[ noun ] (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups|
|Synonyms:||form var. variant|
"a new strain of microorganisms"
|Related terms:||taxonomic_group species biology|
|12.||[ verb ] make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;|
|Related terms:||relax relax relax affect stretch crick tension tense|
|13.||[ verb ] (chemistry) remove by passing through a filter|
|Synonyms:||filter separate_out filter_out filtrate|
"filter out the impurities"
|Related terms:||separate filter filtration strainer filtration|
|14.||[ verb ] (food) rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender|
"puree the vegetables for the baby"
|Related terms:||rub cooking|
|15.||[ noun ] (medicine) injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain|
|Related terms:||injury deform|
|16.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 3399|
|17.||[ noun ] pervading note of an utterance|
"I could follow the general tenor of his argument"
|Related terms:||meaning drift|
|18.||[ noun ] an intense or violent exertion|
|Related terms:||effort strive|
|19.||[ verb ] stretch or force to the limit|
"strain the rope"
|Related terms:||tighten tension|
|20.||[ verb ] alter the shape of (something) by stress|
"His body was deformed by leprosy"
|Related terms:||shape jaundice|
|21.||[ noun ] an effortful attempt to attain a goal|
|Synonyms:||pains striving nisus|
|Related terms:||attempt jihad|
|22.||[ noun ] (music) the act of singing|
"with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
|Related terms:||vocal_music aria carol aria cavatina lullaby sing|