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Definitions of strain
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

The word "strain" uses 6 letters: A I N R S T.

Direct anagrams of strain:
  instar   santir   trains

Words formed by adding one letter before or after strain (in bold), or to ainrst in any order:
a -   antiars   artisan   tsarina   b -   brisant   c -   narcist   e -   anestri   antsier   nastier   ratines   retains   retinas   retsina   stainer   stearin   g -   gastrin   gratins   ratings   staring   h -   tarnish   l -   ratlins   m -   martins   o -   aroints   rations   p -   spirant   q -   qintars   s -   instars   santirs   strains   t -   transit   u -   nutrias  

Shorter words found within strain:
ai   ain   ains   air   airn   airns   airs   airt   airts   ais   ait   aits   an   ani   anis   ant   anti   antis   ants   ar   ars   art   arts   as   astir   at   in   ins   is   it   its   na   naris   nit   nits   rain   rains   ran   rani   ranis   rant   rants   ras   rat   rats   ria   riant   rias   rin   rins   sain   saint   sari   sarin   sat   sati   satin   si   sin   sir   sit   sitar   snit   sri   stain   stair   star   stir   stria   ta   tain   tains   tan   tans   tar   tarn   tarns   tars   tarsi   tas   ti   tin   tins   tis   train   trans   tsar  

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