strait

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1strait

adjective \ˈstrāt\

Definition of STRAIT

1
archaic :  strict, rigorous
2
archaic
a :  narrow
b :  limited in space or time
c :  closely fitting :  constricted, tight
3
a :  causing distress :  difficult
b :  limited as to means or resources
strait·ly adverb
strait·ness noun

Origin of STRAIT

Middle English, from Anglo-French estreit, from Latin strictus strait, strict, from past participle of stringere
First Known Use: 13th century

2strait

adverb

Definition of STRAIT

obsolete
:  in a close or tight manner

First Known Use of STRAIT

13th century

3strait

noun

: a narrow passage of water that connects two large bodies of water

straits : a very difficult situation

Full Definition of STRAIT

1
a archaic :  a narrow space or passage
b :  a comparatively narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water —often used in plural but singular in construction
c :  isthmus
2
:  a situation of perplexity or distress —often used in plural <in dire straits>

Examples of STRAIT

  1. Her campaign is in desperate straits.
  2. The company is in desperate financial straits.
  3. The economy is in dire straits.

First Known Use of STRAIT

14th century

Related to STRAIT

Other Oceanography Terms

littoral, sound

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