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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRAINING

Sidney, straining her ears, gathered that they had seen a miracle, and that the wonder was still on them.

I wished him to go on, but he was peering into my straining eyes with anxious sympathy.

If not perfectly bright after straining, you may clarify it in this manner.

Then suddenly she was in his arms, shaking and sobbing, straining him to her.

He tensed, straining his ears for any movement that might locate the hidden foe.

It was the sound of wheels for which his ears were straining.

The tree had begun to lean, and two of the guides were straining taut.

The double team were straining mightily on their heavy tugs.

William was straining at his collar and growling like an incipient thunderstorm.

Erect in the middle of the drawing-room, Constance listened, straining her ears.

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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