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

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Juice peeled oranges and lemons through a strainer into a large pot, reserving pith, membranes and seeds. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a separate bowl. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 Other items in your kitchen can pull double duty for iced tea: Think a pasta pot or Dutch oven in combination with a fine-mesh strainer. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Sip your way through summer with a batch of homemade iced tea," 12 June 2018 Dry shake to incorporate the tea, then shake with ice and pour through a fine strainer into a chilled coupe. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Green Thumb Cocktail," 14 Feb. 2018 With a strainer, remove the peas from the stock and keep the stock at a simmer. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Salmon with Morels and Pea Risotto Recipe," 4 Mar. 2011 Pass sauce through a fine strainer for a smooth and silky consistency. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Orange Sauce," 10 Jan. 2011 Make the kimchi sauce: In a blender, blend all ingredients until well combined, about 2 minutes. Pour kimchi sauce through strainer and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into prepared glass. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Salted Watermelon Margarita," 2 July 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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