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strained; straining; strains
: to draw tight : cause to fit firmly
strain the bandage over the wound
: to stretch to maximum extension and tautness
strain a canvas over a frame
: to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost
: to injure by overuse, misuse, or excessive pressure
strained his back
: to cause a change of form or size in (a body) by application of external force
: to stretch beyond a proper limit
that story strains my credulity
: to make violent efforts : strive
has to strain to reach the high notes
: to pull against resistance
a dog straining at its leash
: to contract the muscles forcefully in attempting to defecate —often used in the phrase strain at stool
: to pass through or as if through a strainer
the liquid strains readily
: bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use
especially : one resulting from a wrench or twist and involving undue stretching of muscles or ligaments
: excessive or difficult exertion or labor
: excessive physical or mental tension
also : a force, influence, or factor causing such tension
a strain on the marriage
: deformation of a material body under the action of applied forces
archaic : a strained interpretation of something said or written
Verb I strained my back trying to lift the couch. Too much computer work strains the eyes. He strained a muscle in his leg. His muscles strained under the heavy weight.
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NounGrass can build up in the crevices under the deck, which can ultimately make the mower less effective at cutting and put extra strain on the motor. —Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 22 Mar. 2023 More people will seek procedural abortions, putting a strain on clinics and increasing wait times for procedures. —Grace Segers, The New Republic, 22 Mar. 2023 Key Background The collapse of SVB has put significant strain on other regional banks, which has led to broader worries about the stability of the American banking system and smaller banks in particular. —Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 At current levels of warming, for instance, food production is starting to come under strain. —Brad Plumer, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2023 Investors worry banks are cracking under the strain of unexpectedly fast, large rate hikes over the past year to cool economic activity and inflation. —Joe Mcdonald, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2023 Investors worry banks are cracking under the strain of unexpectedly fast, large rate hikes over the past year to cool economic activity and inflation. —Joe Mcdonald, ajc, 20 Mar. 2023 At current levels of warming, for instance, food production is starting to come under strain. —Brad Plumer, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2023 The goal is to ensure that central banks can hold on to easy access to dollar funding, which can dry up when the market is under strain. —Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2023
VerbBoth used years of natural selection to find a naturally seedless strain, and do not employ GMOs to rid the fruit of seeds. —Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 The director does not have to strain to find the parallels. —Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2023 Stretch and strain to cover shooters, leaving openings inside? —Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2023 Straining the system Lately, this scene has been repeating itself more often, prompting Canadian officials to bus recently arrived asylum-seekers to other provinces to help deal with a strain on resources in Quebec. —Polo Sandoval, CNN, 13 Mar. 2023 Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain syrup to remove mint and berries. —Juliana Hale, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Mar. 2023 Using fine-mesh strainer, strain liquid and discard. —Tina Martinez, Good Housekeeping, 10 Mar. 2023 But that suspicion faded in early October, when genetic testing showed the clusters in California, Connecticut and Utah were all caused by the same bacteria strain — a version of the germ that hadn’t been seen anywhere before. —Mike Stobbe, Hartford Courant, 28 Feb. 2023 But that suspicion faded in early October, when genetic testing showed the clusters in California, Connecticut and Utah were all caused by the same bacteria strain — a version of the germ that hadn’t been seen anywhere before. —Mike Stobbe, Fortune Well, 28 Feb. 2023 See More
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