Definitions

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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.

Etymologies

Old French estrainte, estreinte, French étrainte. See strain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Sole Music

  • When she refused, four officers entered the cell and tied her down in a device called a “pro-straint” chair.

    Alleged Police Abuse Caught On Tape

  • 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.

    Robot Adept

  • 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.

    Blue Adept

  • 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.

    ENLIGHTENMENT

  • Page 114, Volume 4 straint, he ended up as its theoretician, owing to the successes that penal sanctions had against the Donatists.

    RELIGIOUS TOLERATION

  • 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.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • 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.

    Heart of Darkness

  • 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.

    The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

  • 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.

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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