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Overview of noun straining

The noun straining has 2 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (1) strain, straining

(an intense or violent exertion)

2. distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting

(the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean)

Overview of verb strain

The verb strain has 9 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (6) strive, reach, strain

(to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear")

2. (3) try, strain, stress

(test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!")

3. (3) strain, extend

(use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much")

4. (1) sift, sieve, strain

(separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour")

5. (1) tense, strain, tense up

(cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up")

6. strain, tense

(become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached")

7. filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out

(remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities")

8. puree, strain

(rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby")

9. deform, distort, strain

(alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy")

Overview of adj straining

The adj straining has 1 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (1) arduous, straining, strenuous

(taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt) © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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