American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To subject to excessive strain, especially to force beyond a natural or proper limit: overstraining the environment.
- v. To put forth too much physical effort.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strain or strive to excess; make exhausting or injurious efforts.
- To stretch or strain too far; exert to an injurious degree.
- n. Excessive strain; exhausting effort.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To strain one's self to excess.
- v. To stretch or strain too much.
- n. too much strain
- v. strain excessively
“Monte Carlo - Sweden's French Open finalist Robin Soderling will miss next week's Monte Carlo Masters, delaying his start on clay to take care of what has been diagnosed as "overstrain" of his right knee. ”
“In the autumn of 1938, at her own request, Karin Boye took up full-time teaching at Viggbyholm, but the workload proved to be too much for her, and she suffered from overstrain and exhaustion.”
“There are of course no "bagging" people at Ikea -- just posted reminders that it is better to purchase an Ikea shopping bag so as to not overstrain the environment (never mind about your back).”
“Now I am anxious to test thee, and seek not thou from rage to turn aside from the truth, nor will I on my part overstrain the case.”
“But for now, in order not to overstrain the customer, we see limited, well-targeted price discounts as more appropriate in Internet retailing than full dynamic pricing.”
“And on the fifteenth day, when that we had gotten up and washt and eat and drank, the Maid did look unto my bandages; and did consider that I be healed very good, if but that I not to overstrain my body.”
“It is claimed that the Prophet (pbuh) told her: "Umm Attia, restrict yourself to a sniff and do not overstrain; (this way ,) it is more pleasant in appearance and more satisfactory to the husband".”
“And oh mans, i was squinting like mad after the paper. i seriously overstrain my eyes a lot during each paper.”
“And suddenly she burst into tears of disappointment, shame, and overstrain.”
“I need hardly say what one must do to be healthy — avoid every kind of excess, all violent and unpleasant emotion, all mental overstrain, take daily exercise in the open air, cold baths and such like hygienic measures.”
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