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noun strain pronunciation in American English /streɪn/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] pressure caused by a difficult situation
    a strain on something: This war will put a great strain on the economy.
    the strain of something: I can’t take the strain of another move.
    1. a.
      physical effort or pressure
      under strain: All that lifting is putting his back under severe strain.
    2. b.
      mental pressure or worry
      under strain: Eleanor was feeling overworked and under strain.
  2. 3
    [countable] a particular type of animal, insect, or plant
    strain of: a strain of human flu virus
  3. 4
    [countable] a particular aspect of someones character or feelings
    strain of: There’s a strain of meanness that runs in their family.
  4. 5


    [plural] literary the sound of some music


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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