Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A restraint, limit, or restriction.
  • noun An abnormal narrowing of a bodily duct or passage.
  • noun An adverse remark or criticism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A drawing tight; contraction; compression; binding.
  • noun In pathology, a morbid contraction of some mucous canal or duct of the body, as the esophagus, intestine, urethra, or vagina.
  • noun Strictness.
  • noun Sharp criticism; critical remark; censure.
  • noun Mark; trace; evidence; sign.
  • noun See the adjectives. (See also bridle-stricture.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Strictness.
  • noun obsolete A stroke; a glance; a touch.
  • noun A touch of adverse criticism; censure.
  • noun (Med.) A localized morbid contraction of any passage of the body. Cf. Organic stricture, and Spasmodic stricture, under Organic, and Spasmodic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun usually in plural A rule restricting behaviour or action.
  • noun A sternly critical remark or review.
  • noun medicine Abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body.
  • noun obsolete strictness
  • noun obsolete A stroke; a glance; a touch.

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

  • noun abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
  • noun severe criticism

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, an abnormal narrowing of a bodily part, from Late Latin strictūra, contraction, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere, to draw tight; see strict.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin strictūra, from Latin strictus.

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