strait

a.

  1. A variant of Straight.
  2. A narrow pass or passage.
  3. A (comparatively) narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water; -- often in the plural; as, the strait, or straits, of Gibraltar; the straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of Mackinaw.
  4. A neck of land; an isthmus.
  5. Fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt; distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in the plural; as, reduced to great straits.

superl.

  1. Narrow; not broad.
  2. Tight; close; closely fitting.
  3. Close; intimate; near; familiar.
  4. Strict; scrupulous; rigorous.
  5. Difficult; distressful; straited.
  6. Parsimonious; niggargly; mean.

adv.

  1. Strictly; rigorously.

v. t.

  1. To put to difficulties.