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

  • n. A restraint, limit, or restriction.
  • n. An adverse remark or criticism; censure.
  • n. Pathology An abnormal narrowing of a duct or passage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
  • n. severe criticism


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin strictūra, from Latin strictus. (Wiktionary)



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