Textual thesaurus for "strain"

(noun) song

the act of singing

with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates

(noun) straining

an intense or violent exertion

(noun) striving, pains, nisus

an effortful attempt to attain a goal

(noun) tenor

the general meaning or substance of an utterance

although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument

(noun) line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, air, tune

a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

she was humming an air from Beethoven

(noun) stock, breed

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

(noun) form, var., variant

(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

a new strain of microorganisms

(noun) 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

(noun) stress

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

(verb) tense, tense up

cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up

(verb) distort, deform

alter the shape of (something) by stress

His body was deformed by leprosy

(verb) strive, reach

to exert much effort or energy

straining our ears to hear

(verb) 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

(verb) puree

rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

puree the vegetables for the baby

(verb) separate out, filter, filter out, filtrate

remove by passing through a filter

filter out the impurities

(verb) sieve, sift

separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

sift the flour

(verb) tense

become stretched or tense or taut

the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed; the rope strained when the weight was attached

(verb) try, stress

test the limits of

You are trying my patience!