"strains" in the noun sense
physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
2. stress, strain
difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
"she endured the stresses and strains of life"
"he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R.J.Samuelson
3. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
4. strain, mental strain, nervous strain
psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
"his responsibilities were a constant strain"
"the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
5. breed, strain, stock
a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
"he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"
"he created a new strain of sheep"
6. form, variant, strain, var.
biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
"a new strain of microorganisms"
injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse results in swelling and pain
8. tenor, strain
the general meaning or substance of an utterance
"although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"
9. striving, nisus, pains, strain
an effortful attempt to attain a goal
10. strain, straining
an intense or violent exertion
11. song, strain
the act of singing
"with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
"strains" in the verb sense
1. strive, reach, strain
to exert much effort or energy
"straining our ears to hear"
2. try, strain, stress
test the limits of
"You are trying my patience!"
3. strain, extend
use to the utmost exert vigorously or to full capacity
"He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"
"Don't strain your mind too much"
4. sift, sieve, strain
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
"sift the flour"
5. tense, strain, tense up
cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
"he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
6. strain, tense
become stretched or tense or taut
"the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed"
"the rope strained when the weight was attached"
7. filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out
remove by passing through a filter
"filter out the impurities"
8. puree, strain
rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
"puree the vegetables for the baby"
9. deform, distort, strain
alter the shape of (something) by stress
"His body was deformed by leprosy"
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