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  • the act of singing
    • with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates
  • an intense or violent exertion
  • an effortful attempt to attain a goal
  • the general meaning or substance of an utterance
    • although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument
  • injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  • (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
    • a new strain of microorganisms
  • a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
    • he experimented on a particular breed of white rats
    • he created a new strain of sheep
  • (psychology) 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
  • a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    • she was humming an air from Beethoven
  • 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
  • (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  • alter the shape of (something) by stress
    • His body was deformed by leprosy
  • rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
    • puree the vegetables for the baby
  • remove by passing through a filter
    • filter out the impurities
  • become stretched or tense or taut
    • the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
    • the rope strained when the weight was attached
  • cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
    • he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up
  • separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
    • sift the flour
  • 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
  • test the limits of
    • You are trying my patience!
  • to exert much effort or energy
    • straining our ears to hear
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