from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To subject to excessive strain, especially to force beyond a natural or proper limit: overstraining the environment.
  • intransitive v. To put forth too much physical effort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To subject to an excessive demand on strength, resources, or abilities

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To strain one's self to excess.
  • transitive v. To stretch or strain too much.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strain or strive to excess; make exhausting or injurious efforts.
  • To stretch or strain too far; exert to an injurious degree.
  • n. Excessive strain; exhausting effort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. too much strain
  • v. strain excessively


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • And on the fifteenth day, when that we had gotten up and washt and eat and drank, the Maid did look unto my bandages; and did consider that I be healed very good, if but that I not to overstrain my body.

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  • And suddenly she burst into tears of disappointment, shame, and overstrain.

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