[ verb ] to exert much effort or energy
: "straining our ears to hear."
Used in print(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)
Clumps of brush that they passed were so many enchained demons straining in anger to tear and gnaw on his bones .(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)
He strained to hear .(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)
His head undulated gradually , covering space , to come straining beneath the taut belly within the warmth of those teats .
[ noun ] (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
Used in print(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
Thereafter the audience waxed applause happy , but discriminating operagoers reserved judgment as her singing showed signs of strain , her musicianship some questionable procedure and her acting uncomfortable stylization .(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)
The concept of the strain energy as a Gibbs function difference * * f and exerting a force normal to the shearing face is compatible with the information obtained from optical birefringence studies of fluids undergoing shear .(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
In late 1957 the M.P. ( Mouvement_Populaire ) appeared and in the spring of 1958 the internal strains of the Istiqlal was revealed when the third Council_of_Government under Balafrej was formed without support from progressive elements in the party .
[ noun ] 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
Used in print(John Hazard Wildman, "Take It Off," The Arizona...)
Then , my mother blushed at this small lie ; for she knew and we knew that it was cowardice that had made one more radish that night just too impossible a strain .
[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)
They strained forward .
[ noun ] (music,fine art) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
Used in print(Booton Herndon, "From Custer to Korea, The 7th Cavalry"...)
It happened at the St._Patrick 's_Day party , a big affair for a regiment which had gone_into battle for over three quarters of a century to the strains of an Irish march .(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)
The strains of neutralism are running strong , notably in England , and even in Germany .(Edward Jablonski, Harold Arlen Happy with the Blues....)
The work had its beginning in 1938 with an eight bar musical strain to which Koehler set the words `` There 'll be no more work / There 'll be no more worry '' , matching the spiritual feeling of the jot .
[ noun ] (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"
Used in print(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)
It is possible that certain mutational forms may be produced such_as antibiotic resistant strains .(A. N. Nagaraj and L. M. Black, "Localization of...)
As controls , other sections were similarly treated with * * f or conjugated antiserum to the New_York strain of potato_yellow-dwarf_virus ( Wolcyrz and Black , 1956 ) .
[ noun ] 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"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
For a serious young_man who plays golf with a serious intensity , Palmer has such an inherent sense_of_humor that it relieves the strain and keeps his nerves from jangling like banjo strings .
[ noun ] (genetics) a lineage or race of people
Used in print(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)
She was a living doll and no mistake - the blue-black bang , the wide cheekbones , olive flushed , that betrayed the Cherokee strain in her Midwestern lineage , and the mouth whose only fault , in the novelist 's carping phrase , was that the lower lip was a_trifle too voluptuous .
[ verb ] separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
"sift the flour"
Used in print(Idwal Jones, "Santa Cruz Run"...)
Let this boil gently for twenty minutes , then strain .
[ noun ] (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
"a new strain of microorganisms"
Used in print(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
Their seeds produce vigorous blooming plants half again the size of the unimproved strains .
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 3399