Pronunciation of strain: S T R EY1 N (streɪn)
Number of syllables of strain: 1
Definition of strain
- (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!"
Examples of strain
- The colander strains the water into a sump.
- The symmetry of the stress and strain tensors implies that.
- This is the strained relationship between the two sisters.
- The situation within the Party was tense and strained.
- The derivative of the shift will produce the strain diagram.
- Unlike the other strains of PVY, some PVYC strains are non aphid transmissible.
- The amount of deformation is called the strain.
- Sarah in particular is feeling the strains and pressure of the heavy workload.
- These behaviors tend to put a lot of stress and strain on the caregiver.
- His muscle is strained.