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  • Word Definitions
    • (n): the act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"  
    • (n): an intense or violent exertion  
    • (n): an effortful attempt to attain a goal  
    • (n): a lineage or race of people  
    • (n): pervading note of an utterance; "I could follow the general tenor of his argument"  
    • (n): a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"  
    • (n): 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"  
    • (n): (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"  
    • (n): (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces  
    • (n): injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain  
    • (n): (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"  
    • (n): 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  
    • (v): make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;  
    • (v): alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"  
    • (v): to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby"  
    • (v): remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities"  
    • (v): separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"  
    • (v): stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"  
    • (v): test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"  

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