strain strain  /ˈstreɪn/


  1. (n) (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  2. (n) difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
  3. (n) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  4. (n) (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
  5. (n) a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
  6. (n) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
  7. (n) injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  8. (n) the general meaning or substance of an utterance
  9. (n) an effortful attempt to attain a goal
  10. (n) an intense or violent exertion
  11. (n) the act of singing
  12. (v) to exert much effort or energy
  13. (v) test the limits of
  14. (v) use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
  15. (v) separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
  16. (v) cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
  17. (v) become stretched or tense or taut
  18. (v) remove by passing through a filter
  19. (v) rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
  20. (v) alter the shape of (something) by stress

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  1. The current vaccine is designed to offer some protection against the Tamiflu-resistant strain.
  2. The virulent H5N1 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed as the source of a bird flu outbreak on an English farm.
  3. A strain of the deadly virus may have spread from the Congo into Uganda.


  1. Spurs top scorer Parker day-to-day with hamstring strain

    By Frank Pingue SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - San Antonio point guard Tony Parker has a mild hamstring strain but remains hopeful of playing in Thursday's Game Four of the NBA Finals. Parker, the Spurs' leading scorer in the playoffs, was listed as a day-to-day prospect after an MRI scan revealed a grade 1 strain in his right hamstring. "The good news is it's not a tear. It's not a defect. So that's ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Spurs' Parker (hamstring strain) hopeful in Game 4

    Spurs' Parker (hamstring strain) hopeful in Game 4
    on June 13, 2013     Source: CBS Sports

  3. Tony Parker has slight hamstring strain, hopes to play in Game 4 of NBA Finals

    Tony Parker has a hamstring strain, but hopes to play Thursday.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Yahoo! Sports


  1. "Over the last five years, the sustained strategic demand ...... is placing a strain on the Army's all-volunteer force," Schoomaker told the commission in a Capitol Hill hearing.
    on Dec 13, 2006 By: Peter Schoomaker Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "If it was a strain I'd be able to play with it, trust me," Tomlinson said. "A lot of guys have strains."
    on Jan 5, 2009 By: LaDainian Tomlinson Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. "It's just gone from one thing to another thing," said Beckham. "Maybe it's time for me to just say, 'I need the rest,' and get it right and don't come back until it's right. It doesn't feel good. With a ligament strain it is four to six...
    on Aug 30, 2007 By: David Beckham Source: Yahoo! Eurosport

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