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The noun strain is a stretch, effort, or exertion. You can strain your ankle, or your little brother can strain your patience.

This word has many, many meanings. Athletes strain their knees, which strains the emotions of their fans. Usually, you have to strain a little to accomplish anything, like getting an A in math. A strain may also be a line, like a line of ancestry, of thought, or a melodic line in music. Maybe you have to strain to hear the quiet flute in an orchestra. Another meaning is to pass something through a filter, like tea leaves.

The noun strain is a stretch, effort, or exertion. You can strain your ankle, or your little brother can strain your patience.

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Examples of strain in a Sentence

First Known Use of strain

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strain

Middle English streen progeny, lineage, from Old English strēon gain, acquisition; akin to Old High German gi striuni gain, Latin struere to heap up — more at strew

Middle English, from Anglo-French estreindre, from Latin stringere to bind or draw tight, press together; akin to Greek strang-, stranx drop squeezed out, strangalē halter

Strain definition is – lineage, ancestry. How to use strain in a sentence.