over·​strain | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstrān How to pronounce overstrain (audio) \
overstrained; overstraining

Definition of overstrain

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

Other Words from overstrain

overstrain noun
muscles suffering from overstrain

First Known Use of overstrain

1578, in the meaning defined above

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over·​strain | \ -ˈstrān How to pronounce overstrain (audio) \

Medical Definition of overstrain

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

Other Words from overstrain

overstrain verb

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