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Noun strain has 12 senses
  1. strain - (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
    --1 is a kind of
    --1 has particulars: overstrain
    Derived forms: verb strain6, verb strain5
  2. stress, strain - difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; "she endured the stresses and strains of life"; "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R.J.Samuelson
    --2 is a kind of difficulty
  3. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
    --3 is a kind of music
    --3 has parts: phrase, musical phrase
    --3 has particulars:
     flourish, fanfare, tucket; glissando; roulade; leitmotiv, leitmotif; theme song; signature, signature tune, theme song; theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea; part, voice
  4. strain, mental strain, nervous strain - (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
    --4 is a kind of nervousness, nerves
    --4 has particulars: tension, tenseness, stress
  5. breed, strain, stock - a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep"
    --5 is a kind of variety; animal group
    --5 is a member of species
    --5 has particulars: bloodstock; pedigree
  6. form, variant, strain, var. - (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"
    --6 is a kind of taxonomic group, taxonomic category, taxon
    --6 is a member of species
  7. breed, strain - a lineage or race of people
    --7 is a kind of ancestry, lineage, derivation, filiation
  8. strain - injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
    --8 is a kind of
    injury, hurt, harm, trauma
    Derived form: verb strain9
  9. tenor, strain - pervading note of an utterance; "I could follow the general tenor of his argument"
    --9 is a kind of meaning, substance
    --9 has particulars: drift, purport
  10. striving, nisus, pains, strain - an effortful attempt to attain a goal
    --10 is a kind of attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    --10 has particulars: jihad, jehad
    Derived forms: verb strain3, verb strain1
  11. strain, straining - an intense or violent exertion
    --11 is a kind of effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat
    Derived forms: verb strain3, verb strain2, verb strain1
  12. song, strain - the act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
    --12 is a kind of vocal music
    --12 has particulars: carol; lullaby, cradlesong; aria
Verb strain has 9 senses
  1. strive, reach, strain - to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"
    --1 is one way to tug, labor, labour, push, drive
    Derived forms: noun strain11, noun strain10
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
  2. try, strain, stress - test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"
    --2 is one way to afflict
    Derived form: noun strain11
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  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"
    --3 is one way to use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
    Derived forms: noun strain10, noun strain11, noun straining1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  4. sift, sieve, strain - separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"
    --4 is one way to separate
    Derived form: noun strainer1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  5. tense, strain, tense up - make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
    --5 is one way to affect
    Antonyms: relax, unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed
    Derived form: noun strain1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s somebody
  6. strain, tense - stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"
    --6 is one way to tighten
    Derived form: noun strain1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  7. filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out - remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities"
    --7 is one way to separate
    Derived form: noun strainer1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  8. puree, strain - rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby"
    --8 is one way to rub
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  9. deform, distort, strain - alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"
    --9 is one way to shape, form
    Derived form: noun strain8
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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