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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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3 a very small amount
  • I detected a strain of panic in her voice when she asked if the substance was poisonous.
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drop in the bucket

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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

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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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3 to devote serious and sustained effort
  • The whole department is straining to complete the project before the deadline.
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sweat blood

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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 missed so badly.
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