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adjective as in reaching

noun as in tension

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South Australia will lift its lockdown early and immediately allow outdoor exercise after fears authorities were dealing with an extremely infectious strain of the virus proved unfounded.

From Fortune

The Army Reservist’s dark suit and crisp button-down strain, like they can hardly contain his large frame.

From Ozy

The real game changer, though, will come when virologists no longer need to design vaccines that combat specific strains.

Marshall said the strain of the virus that’s circulating is “nasty” as many of those infected are not showing any symptoms.

From Fortune

Korber and her team suggested that, on the basis of their research—conducted in cells in culture—the new strain seemed to be more infectious than the original.

“Drew was being annoying about something,” Jonathan says matter-of-factly, straining his brain for the details of their last tiff.

She squinted, blinked sporadically, and tilted her head, as if straining to wrestle answers from her brain.

Conservatives have attacked the lax security under Obama, even straining to tie the threat to ISIS.

This close alliance is now straining after a rare outburst from the UAE.

Either way, the pressure is on—which has a way of squeezing, straining, and stretching a series into strange, unflattering shapes.

Motionless she stood, straining eye and ear; she could hear nothing, but the gestures told much.

To add point to this success, he knew that the victor of Montebello was straining every nerve to gain this very prize.

I might as well have laid down and gone to sleep on that pinnacle for all the good my waiting and eye-straining did me.

A trace of bile may be present as a result of excessive straining while the tube is in the stomach.

Vegetable caseine is best obtained by treating peas or beans with hot water, and straining the fluid.


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On this page you'll find 170 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to straining, such as: anxious, eager, irritable, keen, restless, and testy.

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