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straiten to impose hardships, restrictions, or limitations, esp. financial ones, on.
straitjacket a restraining device shaped like a jacket, in which the sleeves are bound behind the wearer's back, preventing use of the arms and hands. [3 definitions]
strait-laced tightly bound by morality, convention, or received opinion; strict or prudish.
strake a single continuous line of planking or metal plating that extends the entire length of a ship's hull from stem to stern.
stramonium a coarse, foul-smelling weed with trumpet-shaped white or lavender flowers, prickly fruit, and poisonous leaves; jimson weed. [2 definitions]
strand1 to beach, or leave behind on the shore. [5 definitions]
strand2 a length of fibers, threads, filaments, wires, or hairs braided or twisted together to form yarn, rope, cable, or the like. [5 definitions]
strange unusual; curious; odd. [3 definitions]
stranger a person with whom one is unacquainted. [4 definitions]
strangle to kill by stopping the breathing of, esp. by squeezing shut the windpipe; choke. [3 definitions]
stranglehold a wrestling hold that cuts off an opponent's breath and that is prohibited in the sport of wrestling. [2 definitions]
strangulate to choke or stifle; strangle. [2 definitions]
strap a thin, flat strip of flexible material, often with a fastener such as a buckle at one end, used to fasten or hold objects together or in position. [7 definitions]
strapless without straps or covering over the shoulders, as a woman's evening gown.
strapped (informal) short of funds or other resources.
strapping1 large and strong; robust.
strapping2 a whipping with, or as though with, a strap. [2 definitions]
strata a plural form of stratum.
stratagem a plan or trick to deceive, surprise, or outwit an opponent, esp. as a military maneuver. [2 definitions]
strategic concerning, marked by, or having the qualities of strategy. [3 definitions]
Strategic Defense Initiative a proposed U.S. defense system in which enemy missiles would be detected and destroyed in flight by weaponry contained in earth satellites, also known as Star Wars in reference to similar technology found in the science fiction saga of that name.