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Straining means passing food through a sieve in order to remove undesired solid components such as seeds. The sieve is usually very finely woven and thus filters even the smallest residues. You can even use a cloth strainer, like a cheesecloth, to filter the cloudiness from a broth, but you will probably need to repeat the process more than once. If you strain frequently, it might be worth getting a food mill for easy straining at home.

The technique is used to create a great variety of dishes from sauces to purées and pulps. Clear beef broth, seedless jam, and silky tomato sauce are only a few products whose signature textures are obtained via straining.

Straining means passing food through a sieve in order to remove undesired solid components such as seeds. The sieve is usually very finely woven and thus filters even the smallest residues. You can even use a cloth strainer, like a cheesecloth, to filter the cloudiness from a broth, but you will probably need to repeat the process more than once. If you strain frequently, it might be worth getting a food mill for easy straining at home.

Oxford English and Spanish Dictionary, Synonyms, and Spanish to English Translator

strain 1

Pronunciation /streɪn/

Translate strain into Spanish

1 with object Force (a part of one’s body or oneself) to make an unusually great effort.

  • ‘Anyone who forgot to bring the radio had to stand or strain themselves to listen to the game on somebody else’s radio.’
  • ‘He cries weakly, the effort clearly straining his feeble body.’
  • ‘When one strained oneself to listen to the speaker one could make out that some important male writers were speaking in generalities.’
  • ‘The fact is that he had a huge capacity for understanding the minutiae of problems without effort so he did not need to strain himself.’
  • ‘You do not want to strain yourself walking quickly and forcing your body to pump blood faster in these temperatures.’
  • ‘Don’t bother straining yourself thinking about it; I know it’s hard for you to see past your own needs.’
  • ‘He just could not understand how I could dance, straining myself.’
  • ‘They could do much more to help guard the West without straining themselves.’
  • ‘He must have strained himself yesterday on a long walk, or too much running around; by day’s end he couldn’t get up on the bed, and today he’s in pain.’
  • ‘Of course I get people with pulled muscles from playing football, but it’s also not unusual for me to deal with someone who has tripped up at home and strained themselves.’
  • ‘But don’t strain yourselves getting out of your new squad car.’
  • ‘I strain myself to make each song a distinctive experience.’
  • ‘You should feel tension in your upper back but don’t strain yourself.’
  • ‘If you overdo it and strain yourself, you may become discouraged.’
  • ‘I’d seen him check it once, seeing if it was empty enough to pick up without straining himself and still full enough to make a resounding crunch and splash as the top came off.’
  • ‘‘You could clearly see that when Bette lifted Joan off the bed she was straining herself,’ said Gary.’
  • ‘You kept straining yourself to hide those emotions from everyone.’
  • ‘No one is straining himself; indeed, Noah is having a nap, perhaps exhausted by the very thought of the strenuous timetable drawn up for him.’
  • ‘What you do need to do is give a positive impression while not straining yourself in trying to impress him/her.’
  • ‘She had taken a month off so she could heal without straining herself.’
  1. 1.1 no object Make an unusually great effort.
  • ‘She whispered so softly that Heart had to strain to hear.’
  • ‘Because I was taking notes and straining to hear what was being said on the tape, I didn’t necessarily realise what was being said.’
  • ‘Be quiet and excuse me; I am straining to hear a conversation and you are making it difficult for me to catch all of it.’
  • ‘Rather than my having to strain to hear their words as I read, I have the pleasure of being a kind of spectator – of hearing them recite their tales, as it were.’
  • ‘Her voice was soft and low and we’d have to strain to hear her.’
  • ‘First of all, she’s a mumbler, so I really have to strain to hear her.’
  • ‘I strain to hear and then grin, resisting the temptation to say ‘eh’?’
  • ‘Teachers who use the system feel less stressed and tired at the end of the day and their students don’t have to strain to hear.’
  • ‘David was jangling his change so frantically you had to strain to hear what anyone was saying.’
  • ‘And after straining to hear it, I realised that it sounded familiar.’
  • ‘But I also tilted my head a lot, like a cat straining to hear a really weird sound.’
  • ‘But an outer layer of the public also surrounded him, straining to hear every word uttered by the man.’
  • ‘Scores of people stood around in the darkened gallery straining to hear every word of the amazing, passionate reading.’
  • ‘He strains to hear something recognizable, but the fog and the sea muffle everything.’
  • ‘This results in straining to hear what was asked.’
  • ‘Ryda leaned forward, straining to hear the conversation.’
  • ‘He turned his attention to the duo at the fire, straining forward to hear…’
  • ‘I can’t stop myself, and I hear my voice straining, on the verge of cracking, but I can’t stop that either.’
  • ‘I sat on the bed shivering, straining to hear their conversation, but they were too far down the hall and speaking too softly anyway.’
  • ‘She lay frozen on the bed for a moment, straining to hear, above the moaning of the wind, the human sounds that she knew must be present in the room.’
  • ‘glare from the screen can strain your eyes’
  • ‘I need to have wheels installed on this thing, she thought, straining her arm muscles and knocking her knees against its bulk as she walked.’
  • ‘Aberfeldie last year learned the cost of attacking through one player when Minton-Connell strained his thigh muscle in the warm-up before the grand final.’
  • ‘But because Gandy has favored the muscle, it has partially torn his right biceps and strained another muscle.’
  • ‘The Ulsterman claims to have strained a thigh muscle last week while fishing – strange but true.’
  • ‘Spring is the season for groin pulls – that is, straining the adductor muscles that run along the inside of your thighs.’
  • ‘He strove so hard to rival Holding that he strained stomach muscles in the Kingston Test against England in 1981.’
  • ‘I squealed in pain, having strained a muscle in my leg.’
  • ‘Zaheer strained his muscle in the right leg this morning and was ruled out for the rest of the ongoing Test.’
  • ‘One of the athletes was placed on the injured list after straining his left quadriceps.’
  • ‘Anyway, I’m home from work this week because I’ve strained my muscles under my left ribs and it has only been getting worse.’
  • ‘He struck out four and walked one in his first outing since June 22, when he strained his left oblique muscle.’
  • ‘Henrik Larsson, in particular, sprung to meet a dead ball by the Englishman and seemed to strain every neck muscle as he jerked the ball goalwards and prompted Paul Gallacher to tip it over the crossbar.’
  • ‘He tore a ligament in his thumb during spring training, then strained a muscle in his side on May 31 during his first rehab stint.’
  • ‘But alas in practice they are usually so huge that you inevitably strain a minor muscle or two moving your arm to look at the data.’
  • ‘I had somehow managed to strain a muscle in my leg while attempting to dance.’
  • ‘With the flanker off, the Wallabies sensed an edge and probed a defence that had not been strengthened by the addition of Iain Balshaw after Matt Perry strained a muscle.’
  • ‘The doc put our minds at rest and said the blood was probably from muscles being strained whilst retching but he was de-hydrated and would need to be admitted.’
  • ‘The more common of these include spraining or tearing one or more ligaments, tearing the meniscus or straining a tendon or muscle.’
  • ‘Then if you can inform and entertain the reader at the same time – without straining a muscle – all the better.’
  • ‘Britain’s victory hopes took a setback during the warm-up when the penalty corner specialist Ben Hawes strained a calf muscle and was replaced by Jerome Goudie.’
  • ‘The Habsburg Monarchy was strained by the demands of different nationalities for autonomy.’
  • ‘In the era of the Internet, the efficacy of the name suppression orders was always going to be severely strained, but some online publishers took the issue seriously.’
  • ‘Relations between Chicago and Britain have been severely strained by the announcement, coming as it does weeks before an election.’
  • ‘But the truce has been severely strained by nightly fighting between the two sides.’
  • ‘The groundwater resources have been severely strained by over-use.’
  • ‘This strains housing stock levels for future generations.’
  • ‘Rapid population increases are not only straining this country’s resources; they’re also changing the way we live.’
  • ‘And they’re straining the resources of international institutions who have responsibility for finding solutions.’
  • ‘Adding an additional 300 does not strain our resources.’
  • ‘The scheme will provide 40 affordable homes and three playgrounds as well as hundreds of new neighbours who many fear will strain local resources.’
  • ‘Police say their service is thoroughly strained.’
  • ‘Of course services are strained and we have to find solutions.’
  • ‘Fort McMurray infrastructure and services are strained by the shadow population according to a survey.’
  • ‘The volume of these ethnic groups plus black migrants strained social services to the breaking point.’
  • ‘Treatment should not strain available resources, and most of all it should do no harm to the patient.’
  • ‘Indonesia’s large and growing population continues to strain national resources.’
  • ‘But it will strain its ability to pick the right locations to get that boost.’
  • ‘If you need a good web-mail client that won’t strain your resources, this is one you’ll want to take a look at.’
  • ‘Exporting can strain a company’s resources and staff.’
  • ‘Mpofu said the growth of Bulawayo and the current economic situation have strained resources to cope with distressed calls.’
  • ‘his stomach was swollen, straining against the thin shirt’
  • ‘It uses the pressure points on the shih-tzu’s nose and head to apply pressure which stops the shih-tzu from pulling, jumping and straining against the leash.’
  • ‘No matter how he twisted and pulled, straining against the straps, he could not free himself.’
  • ‘Fenix jerked, straining against the cord – he wanted to murder the man!’
  • ‘Nika stood up as her captive yanked and strained at the glittering strand that leashed her, shoulders bunching and teeth bared.’
  • ‘He pulls her back towards him, straining against her.’
  • ‘The doomed tanker was hauled out to sea by tugs straining against the winds and tide.’
  • ‘Suddenly there is a stir and, frozen feet forgotten, binoculars are focused on a small brown blob and a man with two slim, keen dogs straining against their twin collars.’
  • ‘But Ibsen himself thought her brave and true to her exceptional self, straining against the suffocation of modern life.’
  • ‘My somewhat rusty culinary skills creaked and groaned like a wooden ship straining against high winds.’
  • ‘The whole sled shook as they strained at the traces.’
  • ‘One newspaper’s letter bag strained at the seams with an unprecedented flood of missives from angry readers.’
  • ‘The family dog Jasper, a brown spotted Dalmatian, strained at his lead as master and family passed by.’
  • ‘The waves pounded the ship and the crew strained at the pumps, but it seemed a hopeless task.’
  • ‘Mack stopped straining against his grip, and relaxed.’
  • ‘But the escalation of repression requires more and more troops, and the military is already straining against the limitations of a volunteer army.’
  • ‘They fell into the bed, straining against each other.’
  • ‘‘Get on the ship,’ she replied, her voice straining against the wind and rain.’
  • ‘And then Jimjim suddenly convulsed, straining against his chains.’
  • ‘Suddenly the beam was withdrawn and Cecil, who had been straining against it, overbalanced and fell flat on his face onto the now icy cold carpeting.’
  • ‘Slowly her chin dropped to her chest as she put all the physical power she could into steadily straining against the ropes looped around her wrists and ankles.’
  • ‘For the most part the structure is strained tightly together, and decorated, by spidery cross braces.’
  • ‘During these works transmitting took place with the help of an antenna which was strained between the other tower and a small wood mast.’
  • ‘It originally used as transmitting antenna a cage aerial, which was strained between two 60 meters tall wood towers.’
  • ‘When she blinked, she saw the boy fall down and the mother straining him and beating at him.’
  • ‘I felt his arms straining me, could hear his laughter near me, could smell his stench.’

2 with object Pour (a mainly liquid substance) through a porous or perforated device or material in order to separate out any solid matter.

  • ‘Slowly strain the butter through a fine sieve into a clean pan, leaving the sediment behind.’
  • ‘To finish, strain the infused milk into a clean saucepan, add the breadcrumbs and whisk over a medium heat for two to three minutes until thickened.’
  • ‘Simmer for 10 minutes, leave to cool and then strain the mixture through a sieve into a large jug.’
  • ‘The milk is then strained and the grains recovered for reuse.’
  • ‘This process is repeated one more time before the mixture is strained through an empty cotton bag to remove the husks.’
  • ‘Then strain the cloudy water from the rice – this removes most of the starch.’
  • ‘Wood-grain areas of the car can be polished with a mixture of equal parts strained lemon juice and olive oil.’
  • ‘Remove and set aside for 10 minutes, then strain the oil and combine with the remaining olive oil; discard the garlic.’
  • ‘I strained the cream and milk mixture to get rid of the twigs – but reincorporated some of the zest and thyme leaves – and beat it into the eggs and sugar.’
  • ‘After the third and final straining the ale should be ready to drink.’
  • ‘Binding glutens were added, and the mixture was strained through a large-holed colander into boiling water.’
  • ‘Then let it cool and strain the mixture through cheesecloth.’
  • ‘Drain in a colander set over a bowl, then shell the mussels before straining the juice carefully through a double muslin or chinois.’
  • ‘Line a colander or sieve with a couple of layers of cheesecloth and strain the soup.’
  • ‘I experimented with reducing leftover dried clay scraps to the consistency of slip and strained the mixture to remove lumps.’
  • ‘In the morning of Day 6, I strained the wine into a pan for the final step: mixing in honey and vodka.’
  • ‘Remove from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl.’
  • ‘Soak tamarind in 1 ½ cups of water, squeeze well and strain the juice.’
  • ‘Once the concentration is strong, strain the mixture, then place strips of paper in the water and simmer until most of the water is evaporated.’
  • ‘Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then strain the stock through a fine sieve, reserving the ham hock on one side.’
  1. 2.1 Cause liquid to drain off (food which has been boiled, soaked, or canned) by using a porous or perforated device.
  • ‘Right whales are large baleen whales, meaning that instead of teeth they have bonelike plates, which they use to strain food from large gulps of water.’
  • ‘Simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat and strain all ingredients.’
  • ‘When you’re ready to start cooking, strain the beef, reserving the marinade and the other ingredients.’
  • ‘That evening, as she took the rice gruel to the cowshed after straining the cooked rice, she screamed out in terror.’
  • ‘These plates are used to strain food from the water.’
  • ‘If excess water remains after cooking, strain the grains.’
  • ‘Add almost all of the remaining berries and strain the fruit, keeping all the juices.’
  • ‘With a piece of netting they strained the rice into buckets while I held the torch.’
  • ‘Mix some strained papaya human baby food with this, but omit adding additional vitamins or minerals.’
  • ‘The malt is then boiled, strained, and incubated with yeast.’
  • ‘The coconut is grated, strained and boiled to extract its oil.’
  • ‘The leaves of the elder can also be boiled and strained to make an insecticidal spray.’
  • ‘Remove from the heat and serve as it is or strain the leaves and potato into a food processor.’
  • ‘Now granny decided that we should not get either hives or boils so in the early spring we had to go and get some young nettles which she then boiled and strained.’
  • ‘The first wax to be used was animal fat which was boiled and strained till it turned to tallow and then had scents added to it to disguise the smell.’
  • ‘For instance, canned chicken and tuna can be strained to remove a significant amount of sodium.’
  • ‘To get really thick yoghurt, the consistency of cream cheese, I strain the set stuff by pouring it into a piece of muslin and hanging it from a rod suspended over the sink.’
  • ‘This is the most successful part of the recipe. You strain the mussel liquid into a bowl, wipe out your pot, then re-add the liquid and bring it to a boil.’
  • ‘It is at this point that you would want to strain off the residual liquid.’
  • ‘After about three weeks strain off the liquid and water it around the roots of the plants.’
  • ‘Follow the instructions given above, but the plant will grow so every third time you strain off the liquid, give away or throw away half the plant.’
  • ‘Let the water stand overnight, then strain the liquid into a spray bottle.’
  • ‘Then strain the liquid into the sink, leaving the vermouth-flavored ice in the shaker.’
  • ‘Peel a medium cucumber, purée it in your blender for 10 seconds, and strain the water out.’
  • ‘After two hours, carefully strain the oil by using unbleached muslin (usually available at fabric stores).’
  • ‘First thing they had seen on arriving at the base of the rock was a partly crumbled brick wall and beside it a clay water pot with a piece of old yellow robe used to strain the water.’
  • ‘Add seasoning and simmer on a low heat with a tight fitting lid to create a rich stock. Once the stock is ready, strain the liquid off and set aside.’

1 A force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree.

  • ‘aluminium may bend under strain’
  • ‘The structure of the ligamenta flava enables them to be stretched to high strains without damage.’
  • ‘In addition to the pull of Jupiter’s gravity, Io also feels the strain from the gravitational fields of Jupiter’s other large moons.’
  • ‘What is the impact of stresses and strains from external forces on our practice field?’
  • ‘Just by holding the clutch down I could see how hard it is to hold the car; I can imagine how hard it would be to hold the car when the car is under the strain of the centrifugal loading.’
  • ‘The back analysis of the results of measuring the distribution of strains and forces along the anchor was done in order to optimise the choice of anchor zone length.’
  • ‘The wind filled the sails and the ropes creaked and stretched with the strain as the ship ploughed through the waves splashing the surf at her bows and leaving a white trail behind.’
  • ‘The strain of the horse pulling on his mouth and gums was painful, but he ignored it.’
  • ‘The results are consistent with the predictions of continuum elasticity theory for the strain of a point source subject to an applied force.’
  • ‘The walls were bending as much as they could, but it was an enormous strain on them nonetheless.’
  • ‘His legs were so thin however that Catherad was sure that they would snap under the enormous strain.’
  • ‘Essentially, it was a term used in engineering to describe the effect of a mechanical force that placed strain or pressure on an object.’
  • ‘In the sensors, small acoustic vibrations or environmental strains induce frequency and intensity modulations.’
  • ‘This structure enables the high extensibility of elastic fibers to be exploited but protects them from damage at high strains.’
  • ‘Stress is defined as a condition that puts a physical strain on the body.’
  • ‘Skiing put a big strain on my body, but he got me to do way more than I thought I could do.’
  • ‘Women are healthy when they’re pregnant when they’re young but at our age that’s too much of a strain on our body and leaves us open to a host of diseases.’
  • ‘It appears that the strain on his body was too much, and that restricting himself to one day games was all he had the strength and fitness to do.’
  • ‘The big question is how long his ageing body can stand the strain.’
  • ‘Repetitive strain injuries are thought to be the result of tasks such as typing or even picking up the phone repeatedly.’
  • ‘Repetitive strain injuries are examined with a look at alternative treatments.’
  1. 1.1 An injury to a part of the body caused by overexertion.
  • ‘The new automobile insurance system includes a limit of $4,000 on pain and suffering awards for a minor injury such as a strain, sprain or minor whiplash.’
  • ‘The most common snow injuries are strains, sprains and fractures.’
  • ‘Chronic knee injuries include things like strains, sprains and tendinitis.’
  • ‘The majority of injuries in a primary care setting are soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains, and contusions).’
  • ‘The most common types of sports injuries are sprains and strains.’
  • ‘We will have to see whether it’s just a groin strain or a hernia.’
  • ‘Repetitive strain injury occurs when the movable parts of the limbs are injured.’
  • ‘Carey is troubled with a calf injury, while O’Hara has a groin strain.’
  • ‘Durcan has a groin strain, while Brehony is troubled by a hamstring injury.’
  • ‘A recent study concluded that maintaining constant glycine levels might prevent sports injuries such as muscle strains and sprains.’
  • ‘Hayes missed the victory over Thornhill with a hamstring strain but the injury has been responding to treatment.’
  • ‘Yoga students who push themselves too far without proper supervision risk suffering painful injuries and strains.’
  • ‘Two years ago he played on with a groin strain, ended up with a hernia and missed out on the Ashes tour.’
  • ‘In addition to testing for any strains and other injuries it is therefore crucial to assess for any changes, and their causes, in the somatic tissues.’
  • ‘A broad range of injury types was found to occur at each of these sites, except in the groin, for which the 12 injuries reported were exclusively strains.’
  • ‘Neck injuries or strains often result in painful inflammation.’
  • ‘Hours of peak time are cleared to discuss groin strains.’
  • ‘One by one, they staggered to the podium, like footballers with groin strains.’
  • ‘Last year he struggled with groin strains for most of the year and was never operating at full fitness.’
  • ‘‘During the game I got a groin strain and I’ve never really recovered,’ he explained.’
  • ‘In this paper we present new quantitative data on strain, deformation temperatures and vorticity of flow at the top of the Greater Himalayan Slab.’
  • ‘The c-maximum fabric normal to foliation is typical of calcite rocks deformed experimentally to high strains in simple shear.’
  • ‘Two possible causes have been argued to explain this feature for limestone deformed to high shear strains.’
  • ‘This is achieved by choosing a material with a large elastic modulus, a low density and a large value of the maximum allowable strain before permanent deformation occurs.’

2 A severe or excessive demand on the strength, resources, or abilities of someone or something.

  • ‘she’s under considerable strain’
  • ‘This modification, while it suits the owner perfectly, put a strain on my ability to shoot small 25 yard groups.’
  • ‘It is this population boom that has put a strain on the land resource in Zambia creating a breeding ground for desertification.’
  • ‘Overweight and obese people are at far greater risk of a number of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease, and an ever fatter population will put a strain on healthcare resources.’
  • ‘Even with plans to import labour from neighbouring countries, Government’s plans will continue to put a strain on already stretched resources.’
  • ‘This was round-the-clock flying and it put a strain on the maintenance crews.’
  • ‘The resultant dengue outbreaks place severe strains on public hospitals, with wards filled to overflowing with patients.’
  • ‘A source insisted there was a 25 per cent turnout of estate police on Friday and noted that this had put a strain on their on-duty colleagues.’
  • ‘Though the two part ways, marry and have children, they eventually start meeting again, and their relationship starts to put a strain on their lives.’
  • ‘This has put a strain on our long-distant communication.’
  • ‘Because Zak can’t swallow he needs his teeth cleaning under anaesthetic every six months but doctors fear the procedures are starting to put a strain on his weak chest.’
  • ‘The Federation for American Immigration Reform says the increase has put a strain on city and state budgets.’
  • ‘Downturn in the fertiliser market coupled with rising production costs and wet weather has put a strain on the industry.’
  • ‘Weight lifting places great strains on both body and mind.’
  • ‘‘I thought you said that it put a terrible strain on your body,’ Shadia said.’
  • ‘By contrast my legs – while not being exactly underdeveloped – are not accustomed to taking the strain of my upper body without locking at the knees for extra support.’
  • ‘Just casting it once can be a real strain on the body.’
  • ‘Negative self-talk puts a tremendous strain on both the body and self-esteem.’
  • ‘I can’t keep my mind focused for hour after hour and my body won’t take the strain for so long, either.’
  • ‘The physical strain on Jones’ body was incredible.’
  • ‘The city has had to find alternative accommodation for those rendered homeless by the process, thus putting a further strain on its already stretched budget.’
  1. 2.1 mass noun A state of tension or exhaustion resulting from severe demands on one’s strength or resources.
  • ‘Exhaustion, strain and tension are what hit you.’
  • ‘This constant state of alert places high tension and strain on staff.’
  • ‘As the first week passed by so did some strain and tension on the couple’s relationship.’
  • ‘Social factors, such as affluence and population growth, add further demand and strain on recreation opportunities.’
  • ‘But when both are focused on taking, then the dynamic is pulling in opposite directions – creating strain and tension.’
  • ‘She asked quietly, her dirt and coal smudged face showed signs of strain and fatigue where it wasn’t hidden by darkness.’
  • ‘Recently McGregor’s relationship with the press has also shown signs of strain.’
  • ‘The national association was under severe strain last year.’
  • ‘The release of the body from the tension and strain of work may be understood as a natural physical response to fatigue.’
  • ‘The social fabric is already showing signs of strain.’
  • ‘The opening night performance showed signs of strain as Doyle flubbed some lines, performance energy dipped and Scottish accents slipped in and out of authentic focus.’
  • ‘Souness’s relationship with Yorke has shown clear signs of strain during recent weeks, prompting speculation linking the former Manchester United star with a move to Wolves.’
  • ‘‘Mental strain is a lot lower in a marriage,’ says Oswald.’
  • ‘A report carried out at University College Dublin has found that a quarter of primary teachers have fatigue and strain caused by voice problems.’
  • ‘I think everyone I know is suffering from that mental strain.’
  • ‘Moreover, these protectionist initiatives have surfaced at a time when the global trading system is already under severe strain.’
  • ‘Many marriages today are experiencing severe strain but that does not mean that the only solution is to eventually put an end to it by resorting to divorce.’
  • ‘But the fighting began last week without that help, and several days into the war, the amity between the two nations is under severe strain.’
  • ‘All of these common heritage resources are under tremendous strain as corporations seek to privatize and commodify them.’

3 usually strains The sound of a piece of music.

  • ‘Baraka here is particularly interested in the differing timbres or tones that the two strains of music produced.’
  • ‘In the Kiev Sports Palace gymnasium I watched Larissa go through her paces to the strains of music by Tchaikovsky.’
  • ‘A fan turns slowly overhead, keeping time with the strains of Latino music.’
  • ‘Take to the countryside to enjoy the soothing strains of classical music at this highbrow summer fest.’
  • ‘Just a few yards away from the mahal, the strains of Carnatic music emanate from a small shrine.’
  • ‘Once the first strains of piped music had swept over me, it was as if we had never been away.’
  • ‘Inside, we’re surrounded by leather and walnut and soft strains of classical music.’
  • ‘She stopped complaining when she heard the first strains of classical music.’
  • ‘Somewhere musicians were still rehearsing for later, and the vague strains of music allowed him to make such a move without any culpability.’
  • ‘In the background, strains of Latin music blend with sounds of sizzling from the kitchen to create an uplifting, cheerful atmosphere.’
  • ‘The air is moist and moss-scented, and you slide your fingers along the slick castle stones as you’re pulled by faint strains of music that sound vaguely familiar.’
  • ‘This last sequence was accompanied by the heartrending strains of Pablo Casals playing a Spanish folk song on the cello.’
  • ‘By then, they had already reached the auditorium, and strains of beautiful piano music wafted to their ears.’
  • ‘The hum of chattering voices floated through the still air, accompanied by the faint strains of music.’
  • ‘I hated the voice from behind me, that cut through the wondrous strains of music being wafted to us in that green and prosperous neighbourhood through powerful speakers.’
  • ‘At the first strains of music, children scurried towards the makeshift theatre – a podium surrounded by steel poles draped with black cloth to make a dramatic backdrop.’
  • ‘Their sound has expanded from the punk-rock base to include Celtic and country-and-western strains and contemporary dance music.’
  • ‘While there are only a few strains of music throughout the game, such as the familiar success theme when a mission has been completed, the ambient sound effects truly shine in this game.’
  • ‘With women taking part in all branches of war work, to the front came the cowgirls riding to the strains of martial music, the American flag held high, and the show is on!’
  • ‘Haunting strains of ethereal music introduced stunningly bright, clear, and artistic opening credits.’
  • ‘The strains of music played, the words came up, and we cheered as one.’


    at strain

    Using the utmost effort.

    • ‘Operating an actuator of stack height at half its potential strain, compared to operating a stack of height at full strain, reduces power consumption by 50%.’
    • ‘The manager finds himself on-board a 24-foot boat, careening into a wave-whipping southeast wind, sailing full strain.’
    • ‘Recovery of stored electrochemical energy should enable moderate efficiencies to be achieved even at full strain.’


    Middle English (as a verb): from Old French estreindre, from Latin stringere ‘draw tight’. Current senses of the noun arose in the mid 16th century.

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