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noun as in ancestry

noun as in tone, spirit

noun as in melody

verb as in work very hard

verb as in filter

verb as in cause mental stress

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That’s because it’s been done by growing a virus in cells from other species and waiting for a weaker strain to appear by chance.

The Atlantic’s subscriber base is growing at a moment when its advertising and events businesses, like most every media company’s, are under strain.

From Digiday

Most cytomegaloviruses don’t cause disease, and each strain has evolved to infect only one species, so the risk of a cytomegalovirus vaccine jumping between species is very low.

We’re home to a strain of “innocent optimism,” the Post insisted.

American and global health authorities pick the flu strains to target, drugmakers manufacture the shots, and they’re given by workplaces, schools, drugstores, local public-health departments, physicians and hospitals.

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I strain and push and pedal and wonder, “When will this end?”

However we strain to distract ourselves, our consciousness of death heightens our awareness of evil.

Clients supply transportation, lodging, and ingredients, including the preferred strain of ganja.

That is to say, the ancestral genes, the ancestral strain of inheritance, appears again in these little children.

Even before his injury, the strain had begun to tell on him.

When people argue in this strain, I immediately assume the offensive.

If, now, the patient cough or strain as if at stool, the contents of the stomach will usually be forced out through the tube.

We ought to attempt such a shortening as will strain the machine to a breaking point, but never break it.

This was a great strain on their rather limited resources, and for some years they had to practise strict economy.

The Marshal, in his Memoirs, asserts that this short campaign was the severest strain he ever underwent.


On this page you'll find 348 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to strain, such as: ache, anxiety, bruise, burden, injury, and pressure.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.