Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • On the strain; straining.

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Examples

  • They were so pitifully alert, those eyes, as if for ever astrain to catch the clue to some perplexing and threatening enigma.

    CHAPTER V

  • Old Entellus stands immoveable and astrain, only parrying hits with body and watchful eye.

    The Aeneid of Virgil

  • And the midriff astrain with leaning of, laced with fire of stress.

    The Wreck of the Deutschland

  • They were so pitifully alert, those eyes, as if for ever astrain to catch the clue to some perplexing and threatening enigma.

    Chapter 5

  • Far more slowly, but with every tired muscle astrain, a fat porcupine was mounting the hill; its claws digging frantically for foothold among the slippery stones.

    Further Adventures of Lad

  • They were so pitifully alert, those eyes, as if for ever astrain to catch the clue to some perplexing and threatening enigma.

    The Mutiny of the Elsinore

  • His hands were quite white, since the blood had sunk into his arms, and the face of the old man seemed astrain with the strength he had invoked from above.

    Historical Miniatures

  • And the midriff astrain with leaning of, laced with fire of stress.

    Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins Now First Published

  • "This dreadful longing which consumes me, this languishing fire which devours me, if I could describe it, if you could comprehend it, not here would you loiter but would haste to the watch-tower, with every sense astrain longingly would you reach out and spy toward the point where her sail shall appear, where, blown by the wind and urged on by the fire of love, Isolde comes steering to me! ...

    The Wagnerian Romances

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