Dictionary Results for strain


1. strain - noun

· (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces

Hypernym(s): deformation




2. strain - noun

· difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; "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

Synonym(s): stress

Hypernym(s): difficulty




3. strain - noun

· a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

Synonym(s): tune, melody, air, melodic_line, line, melodic_phrase

Hypernym(s): music




4. strain - noun

· (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"

Synonym(s): mental_strain, nervous_strain

Hypernym(s): nervousness, nerves




5. strain - noun

· a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep"

Synonym(s): breed, stock

Hypernym(s): variety, animal_group




6. strain - noun

· (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"

Synonym(s): form, variant, var.

Hypernym(s): taxonomic_group, taxonomic_category, taxon




7. strain - noun

· injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain

Hypernym(s): injury, hurt, harm, trauma




8. strain - noun

· the general meaning or substance of an utterance; "although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"

Synonym(s): tenor

Hypernym(s): meaning, substance




9. strain - noun

· an effortful attempt to attain a goal

Synonym(s): striving, nisus, pains

Hypernym(s): attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try




10. strain - noun

· an intense or violent exertion

Synonym(s): straining

Hypernym(s): effort, elbow_grease, exertion, travail, sweat




11. strain - noun

· the act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"

Synonym(s): song

Hypernym(s): vocal_music




12. strain - verb

· to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"

Synonym(s): strive, reach

Hypernym(s): tug, labor, labour, push, drive




13. strain - verb

· test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"

Synonym(s): try, stress

Hypernym(s): afflict




14. strain - verb

· use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"

Synonym(s): extend

Hypernym(s): use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ




15. strain - verb

· separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"

Synonym(s): sift, sieve

Hypernym(s): separate




16. strain - verb

· cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

Synonym(s): tense, tense_up

Hypernym(s): affect

Antonym(s): unstrain




17. strain - verb

· become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed"; "the rope strained when the weight was attached"

Synonym(s): tense

Hypernym(s): tighten




18. strain - verb

· remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities"

Synonym(s): filter, filtrate, separate_out, filter_out

Hypernym(s): separate




19. strain - verb

· rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby"

Synonym(s): puree

Hypernym(s): rub




20. strain - verb

· alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"

Synonym(s): deform, distort

Hypernym(s): shape, form





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