1. straining - noun
· an intense or violent exertion
2. straining - noun
· the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
3. strain - verb
· to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"
4. strain - verb
· test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"
5. 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"
6. strain - verb
· separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
7. strain - verb
· cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
8. strain - verb
· become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed"; "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
9. strain - verb
· remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities"
10. strain - verb
· rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby"
11. strain - verb
· alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"
12. straining - adjective
· taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt
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