1. straining

adjective. ['ˈstreɪnɪŋ'] taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance.


  • arduous
  • effortful


  • worst
  • inactivity
  • best

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Rhymes with Straining

  • overtraining
  • explaining
  • complaining
  • sustaining
  • retraining
  • refraining
  • maintaining
  • entertaining
  • disdaining
  • containing
  • campaigning
  • ascertaining
  • abstaining
  • retaining
  • remaining
  • regaining
  • pertaining
  • ordaining
  • obtaining
  • detaining
  • staining
  • draining
  • attaining
  • waning
  • reining
  • reigning
  • painting
  • laning
  • haning
  • gaining

Sentences with straining

1. Verb, gerund or present participle
Lift your rib cage and pull your shoulder blades toward each other without pressing or straining.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Avoid excessive straining during defecation, as this this can lead to the development of hemorrhoids.

Quotes about straining

1. Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.
- Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

2. I see all of us reading ourselves away from ourselves, straining in circles of light to find more light until the line of words becomes a trail of crumbs that we follow across a page of fresh snow
- Billy Collins, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems

3. [She was] a creature full of eager, passionate longings for all that was beautiful and glad; thirsty for all knowledge; with an ear straining after dreamy music that died away and would not come near to her; with a blind unconscious yearning for something that would link together the wonderful impressions of this mysterious life, and give her soul a sense of home in it.
- George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

2. straining

noun. ['ˈstreɪnɪŋ'] an intense or violent exertion.


  • sweat
  • effort
  • strain
  • travail
  • elbow grease


  • unstrain
  • truth
  • understatement
  • straight

3. straining

noun. ['ˈstreɪnɪŋ'] the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean.


  • falsification
  • distortion
  • misrepresentation
  • twisting
  • overrefinement


  • easy
  • unstrained
  • unforced
  • facile