strain

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  • After two and a half weeks he began to break down under the strain.
  • This put some strain on the relationship between the two young men.
  • His health, never strong, gave way under the strain of his work.
  • His criminal life put strain on his wife and child, but they never left him.
  • It was very dark, and even straining her eyes, she could see nothing. Cited from The Secret of the Storm Country, by Grace Miller White
  • As the population grew there was more strain on the water system.
  • She was straining her eyes to see the road beyond the front yard. Cited from The Shoulders of Atlas, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • All were straining their eyes for the man they had come to meet. Cited from The Secret Wireless, by Lewis E. Theiss
  • Another advantage to the process includes the knowledge of the new part's strain rate.
  • Before he could stop her, she was at his feet, her face straining up to his. Cited from A People's Man, by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Their relationship, until then very good, would be strained from then on.
  • For years, relations between the king and the rest of the country remained strained.
  • Their friendship was strained for the rest of the time they spent together.
  • His personal life also began to show strains at this time.
  • Will's relationship with his father becomes so strained that they do not talk for three years.
  • In the 1960s, however, this view was coming under a great deal of strain.
  • Their relationship was strained during the race and they broke up after the race but they still have remained friends.
  • The large number of new apartments built in that time period has put strain on city services.
  • In the lead-up to the final, the two player's relationship was already strained.
  • We see Alexander's daily life and the strained relationship between his parents.
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Meaning of strain

  • noun (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  • noun (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 Injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  • noun An intense or violent exertion
  • verb 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 Become stretched or tense or taut
    the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed, "the rope strained when the weight was attached