[Word For Today] Strain

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Today we are going to learn the word strain

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Translations of strain in different languages:

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1. [v.] force (a part of one’s body or oneself) to make an unusually great effort
I stopped and listened, straining my ears for any sound.
2. [v.] make an unusually great effort
His voice was so quiet that I had to strain to hear it.

3. [v.] injure (a limb, muscle, or organ) by overexerting it

On cold days you are more likely to strain a muscle.
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4. [v.] stretch (something) tightly

I’ve put on such a lot of weight recently – this dress is straining at the seams.

5. [v.] cause too much of something to be used, especially money

Increases in wholesale oil prices have strained the company’s finances.

6. [v.] pour (a mainly liquid substance) through a porous or perforated device or material in order to separate out any solid matter

strain the custard into a bowl
7. [v.] cause liquid to drain off (food which has been boiled, soaked, or canned) by using a porous or perforated device
She turned to the sink to strain the noodles.
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8. [n.] a force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree
The usual type of chair puts an enormous strain on the spine.
9. [n.] an injury to a part of the body caused by overexertion
a slight groin strain
10. [n.] the sound of music being played or performed
I could hear the strains of Mozart in the background.
11. [n.] a particular type or quality
There’s a strain of Victorian rectitude in him.
12. [n.]an animal or plant from a particular group whose characteristics are different in some way from others of the same group
Scientists have discovered a new strain of the virus which is much more dangerous.

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