strain·er | \ˈstrā-nər \

Definition of strainer 

: one that strains: such as

a : a device (such as a sieve) to retain solid pieces while a liquid passes through

b : any of various devices for stretching or tightening something

Examples of strainer in a Sentence

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Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into prepared glass. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Salted Watermelon Margarita," 2 July 2018 Pour cooking liquid through fine-mesh strainer or set over medium bowl or fat separatorl discard solids and fat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Caramelized Brisket with Glazed Shiitakes," 3 Dec. 2015 Set mold on a rimmed baking sheet or suspend strainer over a bowl. Leah Eskin,, "Heart-shaped dessert coeur a la creme a balm to the melancholy," 24 Apr. 2018 Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding the pulp and allowing the liquid to cool. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: West African Pineapple Ginger Juice," 3 July 2018 Once mixture is cooled, ideally, shells and all stock ingredients are pureed with a high-powered blender in small batches and then liquid is strained through a fine strainer, pushing all liquid out of shell pieces with wooden spoon. Phil Potempa, Post-Tribune, "From the Farm: Lobsters and chefs share decades of a love-hate relationship," 9 June 2018 Press through a fine-mesh strainer into a 1-quart measuring cup with a spout. Leah Eskin,, "Re-create Popsicle dreams with fresh strawberries — and powerful boost from freeze-dried version," 11 July 2018 Pass the vinaigrette through a chinois or strainer. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "After an epic ecological comeback, the local, versatile rockfish has become a restaurant rock star," 27 June 2018 Remove the top and strain the liquid through a mesh strainer, into a glass. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The Siesta Is Your New Signature Spring Cocktail, a Normal Thing to Have," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of strainer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of strainer

: a kitchen device that has many small holes and that is used to hold back solid pieces while a liquid passes through


strain·er | \ˈstrā-nər \

Kids Definition of strainer

: a device (as a screen, sieve, or filter) to hold back solid pieces while a liquid passes through


strain·er | \ˈstrā-nər \

Medical Definition of strainer 

: a device (as a sieve) to retain solid pieces while a liquid passes through

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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