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strain1

strain1

 
 
pronunciation:
streIn
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: strained, straining, strains
definition 1: to bring something close to its breaking point.
Their frequent arguments strained their marriage.
similar words:
exhaust, push, wipe out
definition 2: to hurt or injure something by using it too much.
He strained a muscle while playing softball.
synonyms:
injure
similar words:
damage, hurt, sprain, twist
definition 3: to remove the solid things from a liquid.
She strained the vegetables for her baby.
synonyms:
filter
similar words:
drain
definition 4: to pull with energy or force.
The dog strained on its leash.
similar words:
pull, struggle
 
part of speech: noun
definition: an injury caused by putting too much force on a muscle.
The strain in his back was caused by lifting heavy boxes.
derivations: strainless (adj.), strainingly (adv.), strainlessly (adv.)
Word Builder: strain +
  • strainer:
    a tool for straining liquids.
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