strain - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun 

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/streɪn/
singularstrain
pluralstrains
  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.
      mental pressure or worry
      under strain:

      Eleanor was feeling overworked and under strain.

    2. b.
      physical effort or pressure
      under strain:

      All that lifting is putting his back under severe strain.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] an injury caused by twisting or stretching a muscle too much

    a thigh strain

  3. 3
    [countable] a particular type of animal, insect, or plant
    strain of:

    a strain of human flu virus

  4. 4
    [countable] a particular aspect of someone’s character or feelings
    strain of:

    There’s a strain of meanness that runs in their family.

  5. 5

    strains

    [plural] literary the sound of some music