strain·​er | \ ˈstrā-nər How to pronounce strainer (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web Using a strainer or slotted spoon, transfer the beans to the tomato mixture and stir to combine. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 Using a wire strainer or slotted spoon, remove the shrimp from the oil and transfer to the prepared plate. USA TODAY, 5 June 2022 Rice vinegar, for serving Set a fine-mesh strainer over a small bowl and set it near the stove. Andy Baraghani, WSJ, 20 May 2022 This set comes with a martini shaker, a strainer, a jigger, a muddler, a spoon, and more. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 18 May 2022 Grab a large pot, your strainer, and say goodbye to both undercooked and mushy rice forever. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, 1 Mar. 2022 Strain through a fine mesh strainer covered in cheese cloth. Gabrielle Nicole Pharms, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 Gone are the days of doing a balancing act with a strainer and pot. cleveland, 29 June 2022 Make the quinoa: If the quinoa is not pre-rinsed, place it into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold water, shaking off any excess water. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of strainer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Aug 2022

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“Strainer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for strainer


strain·​er | \ ˈstrā-nər How to pronounce strainer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce strainer (audio) \

Medical Definition of strainer

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

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