Strain

Strain

, n. 1. The act of straining, or the state of being strained. Specifically: --
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(a) A violent effort; an excessive and hurtful exertion or tension, as of the muscles; as, he lifted the weight with a strain; the strain upon a ship's rigging in a gale; also, the hurt or injury resulting; a sprain.
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Whether any poet of our country since Shakespeare has exerted a greater variety of powers with less strain and less ostentation.
Landor.
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Credit is gained by custom, and seldom recovers a strain.
Sir W. Temple.
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(b) (Mech. Physics) A change of form or dimensions of a solid or liquid mass, produced by a stress. Rankine.
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2. (Mus.) A portion of music divided off by a double bar; a complete musical period or sentence; a movement, or any rounded subdivision of a movement.
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Their heavenly harps a lower strain began.
Dryden.
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3. Any sustained note or movement; a song; a distinct portion of an ode or other poem; also, the pervading note, or burden, of a song, poem, oration, book, etc.; theme; motive; manner; style; also, a course of action or conduct; as, he spoke in a noble strain; there was a strain of woe in his story; a strain of trickery appears in his career. "A strain of gallantry." Sir W. Scott.
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Such take too high a strain at first.
Bacon.
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The genius and strain of the book of Proverbs.
Tillotson.
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It [Pilgrim's Progress] seems a novelty, and yet contains
Nothing but sound and honest gospel strains.
Bunyan.
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4. Turn; tendency; inborn disposition. Cf. 1st Strain.
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Because heretics have a strain of madness, he applied her with some corporal chastisements.
Hayward.
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