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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRAIN

Under the strain of his muscles, iron bars bent like hot wax.

Strain the liquid from the veal and bones and remove the fat.

She was not herself, of course, what with strain and weariness.

All trace of stress and strain had left it, replaced by an enigmatic calm.

Behind the scenes, as we are now, Vivian, what use can there be in talking in that strain?

When the meat has dissolved into shreds, strain it, and return the liquid to the pot.

Lay the oysters in a deep dish, and then strain the liquor over them.

Strain it then through a clean napkin, and it will be fit for use.

Take the liquor from the fire, and strain out the spice from it.

Then strain the liquor through a sieve, and put it into a kettle or stew-pan.

WORD ORIGIN

"to stretch, draw tight," c.1300, from present participle stem of Old French estreindre "bind tightly, clasp, squeeze," from Latin stringere (2) "bind or draw tight," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (cf. Lithuanian stregti "congeal;" Greek strangein "twist;" Old High German strician "mends nets;" Old English streccian "to stretch," streng "string;" German stramm, Dutch stram "stiff"). Sense of "press through a filter" is from early 14c. (implied in strainer); that of "lay undue stress on, make a forced interpretation of" is from mid-15c. Related: Strained; straining.

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