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- n. overexertion; excessive tension; strain
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Overexertion; excessive tension; strain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A violent stretching or tension; a strain; pressure; constraint.
And then, seeing that I smiled and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her con - straint and made a step forward, with her hands wrung together.
When she refused, four officers entered the cell and tied her down in a device called a “pro-straint” chair.
She had nothing on beneath it, other than the orange socks; her body was lithe and well formed, and seemed designed to be free of con - straint.
The Citizen was indulging in self - hypnosis, or a yoga exercise, putting himself into a mental state that would allow him to draw without normal re - straint on the full resources of his body.
For some thinkers of the eighteenth century like Mandeville, Helvétius, and de Sade, it means the negative freedom from con - straint and the right to self-realization.
Page 114, Volume 4 straint, he ended up as its theoretician, owing to the successes that penal sanctions had against the Donatists.
Even apart from this rein - forcement, the Evangelical emphasis upon sexual re - straint and temperance would have had the effect of idealizing chaste love, woman, and the home, and of surrounding these objects with sentiments of attach - ment, reverence, and even worship.
They only showed that Mr. Kurtz lacked re - straint in the gratification of his various lusts, that there was something wanting in him -- some small matter which, when the pressing need arose, could not be found under his magnificent eloquence.
On the other hand, this con - straint could not be severe or the young man could not have got loose and come down to have a look at his friend.
These last words were shot out of him, as though the con - straint which he was evidently setting upon himself had sud - denly and utterly burst asunder.
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