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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 oneʼs emotional or mental well-being created by demands on oneʼs time

  • the familyʼs constant moving is putting a real strain on the children
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strain

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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 wouldnʼt 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 oneʼs 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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