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Another word for strain

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Noun
  1. An intermixture of a contrasting or unexpected quality, especially in a person's character

      1. Any of the membranous tubes that form a branching system and carry blood to the heart from the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
      2. A blood vessel of any kind; a vein or artery:
      3. One of the strands of vascular tissue that form the conducting and supporting framework in a leaf or other expanded plant organ.
      1. A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
      2. An inherent, often contrasting quality:
      3. A ray or flash of light:
    See also:

    be

  2. A pleasing succession of musical tones forming a usually brief aesthetic unit

      1. A brief record, especially one written down to aid the memory:
      2. A comment or explanation, as on a passage in a text:
      3. A brief informal letter:
      1. A melody, especially a simple and easily remembered one.
      2. A song.
      3. The state of being in correct pitch:
      1. A pleasing succession or arrangement of sounds.
      2. Musical quality:
      3. A rhythmically organized sequence of single tones so related to one another as to make up a particular phrase or idea.
      1. A solo vocal piece with instrumental accompaniment, as in an opera.
      2. An air; a melody.
      1. A colorless, odorless, tasteless, gaseous mixture, mainly nitrogen (approximately 78 percent) and oxygen (approximately 21 percent) with lesser amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, neon, helium, and other gases.
      2. This mixture with varying amounts of moisture and particulate matter, enveloping the earth; the atmosphere.
      3. The sky; the firmament.
    See also:

    sounds

Another word for strain

Noun
  1. Effort

      1. A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt.
      2. Purposeful or industrious activity; enterprise.
      3. To attempt (fulfillment of a responsibility or an obligation, for example) by employment or expenditure of effort:
      1. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
      2. To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking:
      3. To have difficulty or make a strenuous effort doing something:
      1. The act or an instance of exerting, especially a strenuous effort.
    See also:

    effort

  2. Mental tension

      1. The act of pressing.
      2. The condition of being pressed.
      3. The application of continuous force by one body on another that it is touching; compression.
      1. The act or process of stretching something tight.
      2. The condition of so being stretched; tautness.
      3. A force tending to stretch or elongate something.
      1. A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
      2. A cause of anxiety:
      3. A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
    See also:

    stress

  3. A bodily injury less than a sprain

      1. A cramp or stiffness in a muscle, especially of the upper leg, caused by injury or excessive exertion.
      1. To injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of (part of the body) without breaking the skin, as by a blow.
      2. To damage (plant tissue), as by abrasion or pressure:
      3. To dent or mar.
      1. To give a sudden quick thrust, push, pull, or twist to.
      2. To throw or toss with a quick abrupt motion.
      3. To utter abruptly or sharply:
      1. To suffer a dull, sustained pain.
      2. To feel sympathy or compassion:
      3. To yearn or long:
      1. To lengthen, widen, or distend:
      2. To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space:
      3. To make taut; tighten:
      1. To wind together (two or more threads, for example) so as to produce a single strand.
      2. To form in this manner:
      3. To wind or coil (vines or rope, for example) about something.
      1. Any of various hand or power tools, often having fixed or adjustable jaws, used for gripping, turning, or twisting objects such as nuts, bolts, or pipes, typically at an angle perpendicular to the object's axis.
      2. A sudden, forcible twist, turn, or pull:
      3. An injury produced by twisting or straining:
  4. Pressure

      1. To apply force to (something) so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the source of the force:
      2. To remove from a fixed position; extract:
      3. To tug at; jerk or tweak:
      1. The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power:
      2. Power made operative against resistance; exertion:
      3. The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain:
      1. The act or process of stretching something tight.
      2. The condition of so being stretched; tautness.
      3. A force tending to stretch or elongate something.
    See also:

    stress

Verb
  1. To exert

      1. Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.
      2. A specific task or effort, especially a painful or arduous one:
      3. A particular form of work or method of working:
      1. A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt.
      2. Purposeful or industrious activity; enterprise.
      3. To attempt (fulfillment of a responsibility or an obligation, for example) by employment or expenditure of effort:
      1. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
      2. To struggle or fight forcefully; contend:
    See also:

    try

  2. To wrench

      1. To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape:
      2. To cause to deviate from what is normal, reasonable, or accurate:
      3. To cause distortion in (a signal or waveform, for example).
      1. A painful wrenching or laceration of the ligaments of a joint.
      2. The condition resulting from a sprain.
      3. To cause a sprain to (a joint or ligament).
      1. To wind together (two or more threads, for example) so as to produce a single strand.
      2. To form in this manner:
      3. To wind or coil (vines or rope, for example) about something.
  3. To stretch

  4. To filter

      1. A movable device, especially a framed construction such as a room divider or a decorative panel, designed to divide, conceal, or protect.
      2. One that serves to protect, conceal, or divide:
      3. A coarse sieve used for sifting out fine particles, as of sand, gravel, or coal.
      1. To rid of impurities:
      2. To rid of foreign or objectionable elements:
      3. To free from moral or spiritual defilement:
      1. To reduce to a pure state; purify.
      2. To remove by purifying.
      3. To free from coarse, unsuitable, or immoral characteristics: