Definition Of strain


a breed, stock, or variety of an animal or plant developed by breeding.

Australia has been trying to breed better strains of plants and animals for ever.

a force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree.

the usual type of chair puts an enormous strain on the spine

a particular tendency as part of a person's character.

there was a powerful strain of insanity on her mother's side of the family

a severe or excessive demand on the strength, resources, or abilities of someone or something.

the accusations put a strain on relations between the two countries

force (a part of one's body or oneself) to make a strenuous or unusually great effort.

I stopped and listened, straining my ears for any sound

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Example Of strain

  • strain off the surplus fat

  • strain the custard into a bowl

  • a strain of feminist thought

  • A report carried out at University College Dublin has found that a quarter of primary teachers have fatigue and strain caused by voice problems.

  • Add almost all of the remaining berries and strain the fruit, keeping all the juices.

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