strain one's eyes

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of strain one's eyes

: to try very hard to see
  • I strained my eyes in the darkness.

Word by Word Definitions

strain play
  1. : lineage, ancestry

  2. : a group of presumed common ancestry with clear-cut physiological but usually not morphological distinctions

  3. : kind, sort

  1. : to draw tight : cause to fit firmly

  2. : to stretch to maximum extension and tautness

  3. : to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost

  1. : an act of straining or the condition of being strained: such as

  2. : bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use

  3. : excessive or difficult exertion or labor

eye play eyes
  1. : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

  2. : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  3. : the faculty of seeing with eyes

  1. : to fix the eyes on : look at

  2. : contemplate, consider

  3. : to watch or study closely


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