strain

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1strain

noun

Definition of STRAIN

1
the line of ancestors from whom a person is descended <descended from a strain of Irish seafarers>
2
a rhythmic series of musical tones arranged to give a pleasing effect <the strain of an old Irish ballad rose up from the revelers downstairs>
Synonyms air, lay, song, strain, tune, warble
Related Words descant (also discant); cadence, measure, meter, rhythm; ballad, ditty, hymn, lyric, madrigal
4
a number of persons or things that are grouped together because they have something in common <writes mystery novels of a more sophisticated strain>

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