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strait

strait

 
pronunciation:
streIt
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a narrow channel of water between two larger bodies.
The Bering Strait separates Alaska from Russia.
synonyms:
narrows
definition 2: (usu. pl.) a condition or position of need, distress, or constraint.
She is in difficult straits these days without a job.The nation's economy was in dire straits after the war.He would never have asked for the money if he had not been in desperate straits.
synonyms:
corner, dilemma, pickle, predicament
derivations: straitly (adv.), straitness (n.)
Homophone Note
The words strait and straight (not bending) sound alike but have different meanings.