strain
1. [ verb ] to exert much effort or energy
Synonyms: strive reach
Examples:

: "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
Synonyms: stress
Examples:

: "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
Synonyms: extend
Examples:

"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
Synonyms: stress try
Examples:

"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
Examples:

"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
Examples:

"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
Synonyms: nervous_strain mental_strain
Examples:

"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
Synonyms: breed
Related terms: ancestry breed
10. [ verb ] separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
Synonyms: sift sieve
Examples:

"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
Examples:

"a new strain of microorganisms"

Related terms: taxonomic_group species biology
12. [ verb ] make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
Synonyms: tense_up tense
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
Examples:

"filter out the impurities"

Related terms: separate filter filtration strainer filtration
14. [ verb ] (food) rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
Synonyms: puree
Examples:

"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
Synonyms: tenor
Examples:

"I could follow the general tenor of his argument"

Related terms: meaning drift
18. [ noun ] an intense or violent exertion
Synonyms: stress straining
Related terms: effort strive
19. [ verb ] stretch or force to the limit
Synonyms: tense
Examples:

"strain the rope"

Related terms: tighten tension
20. [ verb ] alter the shape of (something) by stress
Synonyms: distort deform
Examples:

"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
Synonyms: song
Examples:

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

Related terms: vocal_music aria carol aria cavatina lullaby sing
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