Definition of Strained

1. Adjective. Lacking natural ease. "A labored style of debating"

Exact synonyms: Labored, Laboured
Similar to: Awkward

2. Adjective. Showing signs of mental and emotional tension. "Her voice was strained as she asked the question"
Similar to: Tense

3. Adjective. Lacking spontaneity; not natural. "A strained smile"
Exact synonyms: Constrained, Forced
Similar to: Affected, Unnatural

4. Adjective. Struggling for effect. "Agonistic poses"
Exact synonyms: Agonistic
Similar to: Affected, Unnatural

Definition of Strained

1. a. Subjected to great or excessive tension; wrenched; weakened; as, strained relations between old friends.

Definition of Strained

1. Adjective. Forced through a strainer. ¹

2. Adjective. Under tension; tense. ¹

3. Verb. (past of strain) ¹

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Definition of Strained

1. strain [v] - See also: strain

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Strained

strain burst
strain energy
strain gage
strain gauge
strain gauges
strained (current term)
strained silicon
strainer vine
straining beam
straining beams

Literary usage of Strained

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1. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"She strained her ears to listen. It came from her son's room. She rushed to the spot in her bare feet. It was the child himself who was coughing. ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1876)
"Cara leaning out of her chair towards them with great strained wide-open eyes. ... In what medical form he put it I cannot tell; but he strained his ..."

3. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1850)
"CARTER says, " In some parts the proofs seem to be a good deal strained ; and there is a great mixture of fancy and hypothesis. Indeed it is very difficult ..."

4. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by American Committee of Revision (1881)
"strained him wi№ us • for it , or it , 88 us the^e rose un ths,í «turned ti Jo found the deve " And ', to they - tles omit ..."

5. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"Within a few weeks strained almost, to the breaking-point, and war was averted only by the Frankfort Respite (qv). The Protestants, however, failed to avail ..."

6. Christian Science: The Faith and Its Founder by Lyman Pierson Powell (1908)
"IF there is to-day a strained relationship between historic Christianity and Christian Science, the fault chiefly, in the nature of the case, ..."

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