Straining piece(Arch.), a short piece of timber in a truss, used to maintain the ends of struts or rafters, and keep them from slipping. See Illust. of Queen- post.

(Straint) n. [OF. estrainte, estreinte, F. étrainte. See 2nd Strain.] Overexertion; excessive tension; strain. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Strait) a. A variant of Straight. [Obs.]

(Strait) a. [Compar. Straiter ; superl. Straitest.] [OE. straight, streyt, streit, OF. estreit, estroit, F. étroit, from L. strictus drawn together, close, tight, p. p. of stringere to draw tight. See 2nd Strait, and cf. Strict.]

1. Narrow; not broad.

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matt. vii. 14.

Too strait and low our cottage doors.

2. Tight; close; closely fitting. Shak.

3. Close; intimate; near; familiar. [Obs.] "A strait degree of favor." Sir P. Sidney.

4. Strict; scrupulous; rigorous.

Some certain edicts and some strait decrees.

The straitest sect of our religion.
Acts xxvi. 5

5. Difficult; distressful; straited.

To make your strait circumstances yet straiter.

Strainable to Strangulation

(Strain"a*ble) a.

1. Capable of being strained.

2. Violent in action. Holinshed.

(Strain"a*bly), adv. Violently. Holinshed.

(Strained) a.

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

2. Done or produced with straining or excessive effort; as, his wit was strained.

(Strain"er) n.

1. One who strains.

2. That through which any liquid is passed for purification or to separate it from solid matter; anything, as a screen or a cloth, used to strain a liquid; a device of the character of a sieve or of a filter; specifically, an openwork or perforated screen, as for the end of the suction pipe of a pump, to prevent large solid bodies from entering with a liquid.

(Strain"ing), a. & n. from Strain.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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