1. [ noun ] an intense or violent exertion
Synonyms: stress strain
Related terms: effort strive strain
2. [ adjective ] taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
Synonyms: strenuous arduous

"his final, straining burst of speed" "a strenuous task" "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt

Related terms: effortful
3. [ noun ] the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
Synonyms: twisting overrefinement torture distortion
Related terms: misrepresentaation falsification twist
Similar spelling:   strain