overstrain

verb over·strain \ ˌō-vər-ˈstrān \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overstrain

overstrained; overstraining
transitive verb
: to strain (someone or something) beyond a maximum tolerable limit
  • overstrained herself on the treadmill
  • overstrain a muscle
  • overstrained the steel, which developed a crack
  • He said every nerve had been overstrained in some way, and the whole system must sleep torpid a while.
  • —Charlotte Brontë
  • … officials said the aid would be focused only on its banking sector … That would be crucial to avoid overstraining the eurozone's rescue funds …
  • —Luke Baker and Annika Breidthardt
  • She doesn't overstrain the metaphor …
  • —Mark O'Connell

overstrain

noun
    • muscles suffering from overstrain

First Known Use of overstrain

1578


Medical Dictionary

overstrain

noun over·strain \ -ˈstrān \

medical Definition of overstrain

: excessive mental or physical strain; also : a condition resulting from this

overstrain

verb

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