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Adjective
Produced by deliberate effort rather than spontaneously; artificial or forced
“Sheldon just looked at him and smiled a small strained smile.”
Adjective
Not relaxed or comfortable; tense or uneasy
“The strained silence between them was making her self-conscious.”
Adjective
Showing signs of nervous tension or tiredness
“Of course, her strained silence, paled skin, shaking hands and lowered eyes did not betray her feelings.”
Adjective
Verb
Simple past tense for make severe or excessive demands on
“Treatment should not strain available resources, and most of all it should do no harm to the patient.”
Verb
Simple past tense for make an unusually great effort
“First of all, she's a mumbler, so I really have to strain to hear her.”
Verb
Simple past tense for to flow forth slowly through small openings
“Simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat and strain all ingredients.”
Verb
Simple past tense for cause mental stress
Verb
“But alas in practice they are usually so huge that you inevitably strain a minor muscle or two moving your arm to look at the data.”
Verb
“The rapid population growth is straining the supply of usable water.”
Verb
Simple past tense for pull or push forcibly at something
Verb
“… the woman tenderly strained to her breast the child that she had long ago given up for dead.”
Verb
Past participle for make severe or excessive demands on
“Treatment should not strain available resources, and most of all it should do no harm to the patient.”
Verb
Past participle for make an unusually great effort
“First of all, she's a mumbler, so I really have to strain to hear her.”
Verb
“But alas in practice they are usually so huge that you inevitably strain a minor muscle or two moving your arm to look at the data.”
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