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strain

Part of speech: Noun

Stock; race; line of descent; inborn disposition; a trace or streak; as, a strain of madness; tune or melody; a poem or verse; tone or manner of speech or thought; as, to write or speak in a lofty strain; extreme stretching; a violent effort; injury due to overwork; as, nerve strain; a sprain.

Part of speech: Verb

To draw out with force; stretch; as, to strain a rope; put to its utmost strength; as, to strain every muscle; injure by overtaxing; as, to strain one's back; make uneasy or unnatural; force; as, to strain a welcome; embrace; as, she strained the child to her breast; filter; as, to strain coffee.

Part of speech: Verb

To make violent efforts; pass through tiny holes; be filtered.

Usage examples "strain":
  • He maundered on in that strain for several minutes. - "Joan of Arc of the North Woods", Holman Day.
  • That's what it is, strain. - "The Impossibles", Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer.
  • Although she smiled, her voice had a note of strain. - "Partners of the Out-Trail", Harold Bindloss.