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strain

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1 the line of ancestors from whom a person is descended
  • descended from a strain of Irish seafarers

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2 a rhythmic series of musical tones arranged to give a pleasing effect
  • the strain of an old Irish ballad rose up from the revelers downstairs

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4 a number of persons or things that are grouped together because they have something in common
  • writes mystery novels of a more sophisticated strain

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strain

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the burden on one's emotional or mental well-being created by demands on one's time
  • the family's constant moving is putting a real strain on the children

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strain

verb

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1 to injure by overuse, misuse, or pressure
  • in order to lift something heavy, squat down and lift with your legs, or you'll strain your back

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2 to pass through a filter
  • better strain that coffee thoroughly to get all the grounds out

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4 to flow forth slowly through small openings
  • put the cooked fruit in a cheesecloth bag and let the juice strain into a pan

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5 to subject (a personal quality or faculty) to often excessive stress
  • strained her memory but the name just wouldn't come to her

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6 to draw tight
  • the dog strained its leash trying to get to the cat

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7 to put one's arms around and press tightly
  • the woman tenderly strained to her breast the child that she had long ago given up for dead

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The first known use of strain was in the 13th century

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“Strain.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/strain. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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