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Definition 1: an effortful attempt to attain a goal - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

(... is a kind of strain ) a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal

Definition 2: the act of singing - [noun denoting act]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) music that is vocalized (as contrasted with instrumental music)

(... is a kind of strain ) a joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ)

(... is a kind of strain ) the act of singing a quiet song to lull a child to sleep

Definition 3: an intense or violent exertion - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) use of physical or mental energy; hard work

"he got an A for effort" "they managed only with great exertion"

Definition 4: the general meaning or substance of an utterance - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) the idea that is intended

"What is the meaning of this proverb?"

(... is a kind of strain ) the pervading meaning or tenor

"caught the general drift of the conversation"

Definition 5: a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she was humming an air from Beethoven

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

(... is a kind of strain ) (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

"he entered to a flourish of trumpets" "her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare"

(... is a kind of strain ) the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

"he tried to sing the tenor part"

(... is a kind of strain ) (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

"the theme is announced in the first measures" "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"

(... is a kind of strain ) a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program

(... is a kind of strain ) a melody that recurs and comes to represent a musical play or movie

(... is a kind of strain ) a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)

(... is a kind of strain ) (music) an elaborate run of several notes sung to one syllable

(... is a kind of strain ) a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale

(strain is a part of ...) a short musical passage

Definition 6: a special variety of domesticated animals within a species - [noun denoting group]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he experimented on a particular breed of white rats
  • he created a new strain of sheep

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) a group of animals

(strain is a kind of ...) (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics

"varieties are frequently recognized in botany"

(... is a kind of strain ) thoroughbred horses (collectively)

(... is a kind of strain ) line of descent of a purebred animal

(... is a member of strain) (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed

Definition 7: (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups - [noun denoting group]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a new strain of microorganisms

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) animal or plant group having natural relations

(... is a member of strain) (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed

(strain belongs to category ...) the science that studies living organisms

Definition 8: (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces - [noun denoting phenomenon]

(strain is a kind of ...) alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it

(... is a kind of strain ) too much strain

(strain belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 9: injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain - [noun denoting state]

(strain is a kind of ...) any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

Definition 10: (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress - [noun denoting state]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his responsibilities were a constant strain
  • the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) an uneasy psychological state

"he suffered an attack of nerves"

(... is a kind of strain ) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

"he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension" "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

(strain belongs to category ...) the science of mental life

Definition 11: difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension - [noun denoting state]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she endured the stresses and strains of life
  • he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

"grappling with financial difficulties"

Definition 12: cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious - [verb of body]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) act physically on; have an effect upon

"the medicine affects my heart rate"

(... is a kind of strain ) extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body

"Stretch your legs!" "Extend your right arm above your head"

(strain causes ...) become tense, nervous, or uneasy

"He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"

Definition 13: alter the shape of (something) by stress - [verb of change]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His body was deformed by leprosy

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) give shape or form to

"shape the dough" "form the young child's character"

(... is a kind of strain ) distort adversely

"Jealousy had jaundiced his judgment"

Definition 14: to exert much effort or energy - [verb of competition]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • straining our ears to hear

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) strive and make an effort to reach a goal

"She tugged for years to make a decent living" "We have to push a little to make the deadline!" "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"

(... is a kind of strain ) strain to the utmost

(... is a kind of strain ) strain oneself more than is healthy

(... is a kind of strain ) take the trouble to do something; concern oneself

"He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday" "Don't bother, please"

Definition 15: use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity - [verb of consumption]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro
  • Don't strain your mind too much

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

(... is a kind of strain ) strain excessively

"He overextended himself when he accepted the additional assignment"

(... is a kind of strain ) use to the limit

"you are taxing my patience"

Definition 16: remove by passing through a filter - [verb of contact]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • filter out the impurities

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) divide into components or constituents

"Separate the wheat from the chaff"

Definition 17: separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements - [verb of contact]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sift the flour

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) divide into components or constituents

"Separate the wheat from the chaff"

(... is a kind of strain ) sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice

"rice the potatoes"

(... is a kind of strain ) sift anew

(... is a kind of strain ) separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

(... is a kind of strain ) separate the chaff from grain by using air currents

"She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field"

Definition 18: become stretched or tense or taut - [verb of contact]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
  • the rope strained when the weight was attached

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) become tight or tighter

"The rope tightened"

Definition 19: rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender - [verb of contact]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • puree the vegetables for the baby

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) move over something with pressure

"rub my hands" "rub oil into her skin"

(strain belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 20: test the limits of - [verb of emotion]

Samples where strain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You are trying my patience!

Synonyms for strain in the sense of this definition

(strain is a kind of ...) cause great unhappiness for; distress

"she was afflicted by the death of her parents"

(... is a kind of strain ) stretch to the limits

"rack one's brains"

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