Synonyms of strain
- 1. strain, deformation
- usage: (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
- 2. stress, strain, difficulty
- usage: 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, music
- usage: a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
- 4. strain, mental strain, nervous strain, nervousness, nerves
- usage: (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, variety, animal group
- usage: 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., taxonomic group, taxonomic category, taxon
- usage: (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"
- 7. strain, injury, hurt, harm, trauma
- usage: injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
- 8. tenor, strain, meaning, substance
- usage: 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, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
- usage: an effortful attempt to attain a goal
- 10. strain, straining, effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat
- usage: an intense or violent exertion
- 11. song, strain, vocal music
- usage: the act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
- 1. strive, reach, strain, tug, labor, labour, push, drive
- usage: to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"
- 2. try, strain, stress, afflict
- usage: test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"
- 3. strain, extend, use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
- usage: 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
- usage: separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
- 5. tense, strain, tense up, affect
- usage: 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, tighten
- usage: 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, separate
- usage: remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities"
- 8. puree, strain, rub
- usage: rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby"
- 9. deform, distort, strain, shape, form
- usage: alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"
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Definition and meaning of strain (Dictionary)