from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Half-bred; imperfect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Half-bred; imperfect.


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  • All the dogs were fighters except the big, soft-throated Mackenzie hounds, with the slow strength of oxen in their movements, and the quarter-strained and half-strained mongrels from the south; and upon these unfortunates the others preyed.

    The Honor of the Big Snows

  • With a half-strained movement she advanced a chilly hand to meet the girl's warm grasp.

    Flaming June

  • -- Damn these half-strained shopkeepers, got between gentlemen and city wives; how naturally they quake, and run away from their own fathers! twenty souls a penny were a dear bargain of them.

    The works of John Dryden, $c now first collected in eighteen volumes. $p Volume 07


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