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strain (n):
an effortful attempt to attain a goal
Related Words: striving
strain (n):
the act of singing
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with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates
Related Word: song
strain (n):
an intense or violent exertion
Related Words: ing
strain (n):
the general meaning or substance of an utterance
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although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument
strain (n):
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
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she was humming an air from Beethoven
Related Word: melody
strain (n):
a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
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he experimented on a particular breed of white rats.
he created a new strain of sheep

Related Words: breedstock
strain (n):
(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
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a new strain of microorganisms
Related Word: variant
strain (n):
(physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
strain (n):
difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
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she endured the stresses and strains of life.
he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger

Related Word: stress
strain (n):
injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
strain (v):
cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
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he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up
Related Words: tense
strain (n):
(psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
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his responsibilities were a constant strain.
the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him
strain (v):
alter the shape of (something) by stress
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His body was deformed by leprosy
Related Words: deform
strain (v):
to exert much effort or energy
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straining our ears to hear
strain (v):
use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
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He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro.
Don't strain your mind too much
strain (v):
rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
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puree the vegetables for the baby
Related Word: puree
strain (v):
remove by passing through a filter
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filter out the impurities
Related Words: filterfiltrate
strain (v):
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
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sift the flour
Related Words: sievesift
strain (v):
become stretched or tense or taut
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the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;.
the rope strained when the weight was attached

Related Words: tense
strain (v):
test the limits of
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You are trying my patience!
Related Words: stress
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Money is a good servant, but a bad master


If you have money, it will serve you and work for you well. But if you owe money to other people, that money will control you in an unpleasant way.


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