The act of straining, or the state of being strained.
A violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or
tension, as of the muscles; as, he lifted the weight with a strain; the
strain upon a ship's rigging in a gale; also, the hurt or injury
resulting; a sprain.
A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass,
produced by a stress.
A portion of music divided off by a double bar; a complete
musical period or sentence; a movement, or any rounded subdivision of a
Any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion
of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a
song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style; also, a
course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was
a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his
To draw with force; to extend with great effort; to
stretch; as, to strain a rope; to strain the shrouds of a ship; to
strain the cords of a musical instrument.
To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or
volume, as forces on a beam to bend it.
To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously.
To stretch beyond its proper limit; to do violence to, in
the matter of intent or meaning; as, to strain the law in order to
convict an accused person.
To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force;
as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship.
To injure in the muscles or joints by causing to make too
strong an effort; to harm by overexertion; to sprain; as, to strain a
horse by overloading; to strain the wrist; to strain a muscle.
To squeeze; to press closely.
To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent
effort; to force; to constrain.
To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a
petition or invitation.
To press, or cause to pass, through a strainer, as through
a screen, a cloth, or some porous substance; to purify, or separate
from extraneous or solid matter, by filtration; to filter; as, to
strain milk through cloth.
To make violent efforts.
To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining
through a sandy soil.