the act of singing
"with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
an intense or violent exertion
an effortful attempt to attain a goal
the general meaning or substance of an utterance
"although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"
injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse)
results in swelling and pain
(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
"a new strain of microorganisms"
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"
(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"
- mental strain - nervous strain
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
- melodic line - melodic phrase
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
(physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
alter the shape of (something) by stress
"His body was deformed by leprosy"
rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
"puree the vegetables for the baby"
remove by passing through a filter
"filter out the impurities"
- separate out - filter out
become stretched or tense or taut
"the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
"he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
- tense up
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
"sift the flour"
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"
test the limits of
"You are trying my patience!"
to exert much effort or energy
"straining our ears to hear"