(Strait"-jack`et) n. A dress of strong materials for restraining maniacs or those who are
violently delirious. It has long sleeves, which are closed at the ends, confining the hands, and may be
tied behind the back.
1. Bound with stays.
Let nature have scope to fashion the body as she thinks best; we have few well-shaped that are strait-
2. Restricted; stiff; constrained. [R.] Fuller.
3. Rigid in opinion; strict in manners or morals.
1. In a strait manner; narrowly; strictly; rigorously. Mark i. 43.
2. Closely; intimately. [Obs.]
(Strait"ness), n. The quality or condition of being strait; especially, a pinched condition or
situation caused by poverty; as, the straitnessof their circumstances.
(Strait"-waist`coat) n. Same as Strait-jacket.
(Strake) obs. imp. of Strike. Spenser.
(Strake), n. [See Streak.]
1. A streak. [Obs.] Spenser."White strake." Gen. xxx. 37.
2. An iron band by which the fellies of a wheel are secured to each other, being not continuous, as the
tire is, but made up of separate pieces.
3. (Shipbuilding) One breadth of planks or plates forming a continuous range on the bottom or sides of
a vessel, reaching from the stem to the stern; a streak.
The planks or plates next the keel are called the garboard strakes; the next, or the heavy strakes at the
bilge, are the bilge strakes; the next, from the water line to the lower port sill, the wales; and the upper
parts of the sides, the sheer strakes.
4. (Mining) A trough for washing broken ore, gravel, or sand; a launder.
(Strale) n. Pupil of the eye. [Prov. Eng.]
(Stram) v. t. [Cf. LG. strammen to strain, straiten, stretch, D. stram strained, tight, G. stramm.]
To spring or recoil with violence. [Prov. Eng.]
(Stram), v. t. To dash down; to beat. [Prov. Eng.]
(Stram"ash) v. t. [Cf. Stramazoun.] To strike, beat, or bang; to break; to destroy. [Scot. &
(Stram"ash), n. A turmoil; a broil; a fray; a fight. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] Barham.