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strain

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of strain

  1. 1 the line of ancestors from whom a person is descended descended from a strain of Irish seafarers Synonyms of 1strain birth, blood, bloodline, breeding, descent, extraction, family tree, genealogy, line, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stock, strainWords Related to 1strain heredity, succession; family, house; kin, kindred, relations, relatives; raceNear Antonyms of 1strain offspring; child, heir, inheritor, son, successorAntonyms of 1strain issue, posterity, progeny, seed

  2. 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 Synonyms of 1strain air, lay, song, strain, tune, warbleWords Related to 1strain descant (also discant); cadence, measure, meter, rhythm; ballad, ditty, hymn, lyric, madrigal

  3. 3 a very small amount detected a strain of panic in her voice when she asked if the substance was poisonous Synonyms of 1strain ace, bit, crumb, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, hint, lick, little, mite, nip, ounce, peanuts, ray, scintilla, scruple, shade, shadow, shred, skosh, smack, smell, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), snap, soupçon, spark, spatter, speck, splash, spot, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, touch, traceWords Related to 1strain hoot, iota, jot, minim, minimum, modicum, semblance, syllable, tittle, vestige, whit; atom, dot, fleck, flyspeck, grain, granule, molecule, morsel, mote, nubbin, patch, scrap; dash, drop, pinch; part, portion, section; bite, nibble, taste; handful, scattering, smatter, smattering; dose, shot; chip, flake, fragment, shard, shiver, sliver, smithereens, splinter; shred, tatter; clipping, paring, shavingNear Antonyms of 1strain abundance, barrel, boatload, bucket, bundle, bushel, deal, fistful, gobs, heaps, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, much, oodles, passel, peck, pile, plenty, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, stack, wad, wealth; volume; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overflow, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; chunk, hunk, lump, slab

  4. 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 Synonyms of 1strain breed, class, description, feather, genre, ilk, kidney, kind, like, manner, nature, order, species, strain, stripe, type, varietyWords Related to 1strain model; sample, specimen; bracket, bunch, category, division, family, grade, group, grouping, lot, persuasion, rank(s), set, suite


strain

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of strain

  1. 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 Synonyms of 2strain pressure, strain, tensionWords Related to 2strain load, weight; anxiety, concern, uneasiness, worry; aggravation, anger, annoyance, exasperation, irritation, persecution, troubleNear Antonyms of 2strain comfort, consolation


strain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of strain

  1. 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 Synonyms of strain pull, rack, stretch, wrench Words Related to strain fray, tax, weaken; damage, harm, hurt, impair, wound; batter, bruise, tear; cripple, lame, mangle, mutilate

  2. 2 to pass through a filter better strain that coffee thoroughly to get all the grounds out Synonyms of strain filter, screen Words Related to strain leach, percolate

  3. 3 to devote serious and sustained effort the whole department is straining to complete the project before the deadline Synonyms of strain bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), drudge, endeavor, fag, grub, hump, hustle, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, labor, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, travail, tug, workWords Related to strain apply (oneself), buckle (down), dig in, hammer (away), knuckle down, pitch in; attack, drive; essay, try; exercise, exert, overexert, overwork; eke out, grind (out), put out, scrabble, scratch; trudge, wadeNear Antonyms of strain break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

  4. 4 to flow forth slowly through small openings put the cooked fruit in a cheesecloth bag and let the juice strain into a pan Synonyms of strain bleed, ooze, percolate, seep, exude, sweat, transude, weepWords Related to strain dribble, drip, trickle; discharge, emit, give off, vent; emanate, flow, springNear Antonyms of strain flood, gush, pour, stream, surge

  5. 5 to subject (a personal quality or faculty) to often excessive stress strained her memory but the name just wouldn't come to her Synonyms of strain try, stretch, tax, testWords Related to strain demand, exact, importune, press, pressure, push; aggravate, agitate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get (to), gnaw (at), grate, harass, harry, hassle, irk, irritate, nettle, pain, peeve, pester, rile, spite, vex

  6. 6 to draw tight the dog strained its leash trying to get to the cat Synonyms of strain tighten, stretch, tauten, tenseWords Related to strain elongate, extend, lengthen; cinch, constrictNear Antonyms of strain ease, relaxAntonyms of strain loosen, slack, slacken

  7. 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 Synonyms of strain bear-hug, clasp, crush, enclasp, enfold, grasp, hug, embraceWords Related to strain clamp, cling, cradle, grab, grip, hold; bosom, embosom, encircle, entwine, envelop, enwind; fold, lock, twine, wrap; cuddle, fondle, nestle, nuzzle, pat, pet, snuggle, stroke



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