from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having been passed through a strainer: a bowl of strained peaches.
- adj. Done with or marked by excessive effort; forced: strained humor.
- adj. Extended beyond proper limits: a strained meaning.
- adj. Antagonized to the verge of open conflict: strained relations.
- adj. Twisted; wrenched: a strained ankle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Forced through a strainer.
- adj. Under tension; tense.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of strain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Subjected to great or excessive tension; wrenched; weakened.
- adj. Done or produced with straining or excessive effort.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Forced; carried beyond proper limits: as, a strained interpretation of a law.
- Of this or that strain or breed, as an animal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking spontaneity; not natural
- adj. showing signs of mental and emotional tension
- adj. lacking natural ease
- adj. struggling for effect
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