Definitions of strain

The word "strain" uses 6 letters: ainrst.

STRAIN is playable in:

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Scrabble US6
Scrabble UK6

n. - A cultural subvariety that is only slightly differentiated. 2

n. - Race; stock; generation; descent; family. 2

n. - Hereditary character, quality, or disposition. 2

n. - Rank; a sort. 2

a. - To draw with force; to extend with great effort; to stretch; as, to strain a rope; to strain the shrouds of a ship; to strain the cords of a musical instrument. 2

a. - To act upon, in any way, so as to cause change of form or volume, as forces on a beam to bend it. 2

a. - To exert to the utmost; to ply vigorously. 2

a. - To stretch beyond its proper limit; to do violence to, in the matter of intent or meaning; as, to strain the law in order to convict an accused person. 2

a. - To injure by drawing, stretching, or the exertion of force; as, the gale strained the timbers of the ship. 2

a. - To injure in the muscles or joints by causing to make too strong an effort; to harm by overexertion; to sprain; as, to strain a horse by overloading; to strain the wrist; to strain a muscle. 2

a. - To squeeze; to press closely. 2

a. - To make uneasy or unnatural; to produce with apparent effort; to force; to constrain. 2

a. - To urge with importunity; to press; as, to strain a petition or invitation. 2

a. - To press, or cause to pass, through a strainer, as through a screen, a cloth, or some porous substance; to purify, or separate from extraneous or solid matter, by filtration; to filter; as, to strain milk through cloth. 2

v. i. - To make violent efforts. 2

v. i. - To percolate; to be filtered; as, water straining through a sandy soil. 2

n. - The act of straining, or the state of being strained. 2

n. - A violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or tension, as of the muscles; as, he lifted the weight with a strain; the strain upon a ship's rigging in a gale; also, the hurt or injury resulting; a sprain. 2

n. - A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress. 2

n. - A portion of music divided off by a double bar; a complete musical period or sentence; a movement, or any rounded subdivision of a movement. 2

n. - Any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style; also, a course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his career. 2

n. - Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain. 2

Direct anagrams of strain:

instar7 santir7 trains7

Words formed by adding one letter before or after strain (in bold), or to ainrst in any order:


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