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'strain' - used as a noun
1. (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
2. difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
she endured the stresses and strains of life
3. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
4. (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
5. a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
he created a new strain of sheep
6. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
a new strain of microorganisms
7. a lineage or race of people
8. injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
9. the general meaning or substance of an utterance
10. an effortful attempt to attain a goal
11. an intense or violent exertion
12. the act of singing

'strain' - used as a verb
13. to exert much effort or energy
straining our ears to hear
14. test the limits of
15. use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
Don't strain your mind too much
16. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
17. cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
18. become stretched or tense or taught
the rope strained when the weight was attached
19. remove by passing through a filter
20. rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
21. alter the shape of (something) by stress

derived forms
1. Strain / Plural
2. Strain / Past
3. Strain / Third Person
4. Strain / Present Participle
Variations of 'strain'
  • unstrain
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    Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. - Click here to find out.
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    The word witch comes from the word "wicca" which translates to the "wise one."