Straint Straint (str[=a]nt), n. [OF. estrainte, estreinte, F. ['e]trainte. See 2nd {Strain}.] Overexertion; excessive tension; strain. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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  • straint — /strānt/ (Spenser) noun Pressure ORIGIN: ↑strain1, on the model of ↑constraint, etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • straint — con·straint; re·straint; …   English syllables

  • con|straint — «kuhn STRAYNT», noun. 1. restraint; restriction; limitation: »The proposed legislation is not the best that the city can do, even within the existing political and financial constraints (New York Times). Thro long imprisonment and hard constraint …   Useful english dictionary

  • head-re|straint — «HEHD rih STRAYNT», noun. = headrest. (Cf. ↑headrest) …   Useful english dictionary

  • non|re|straint — «NON rih STRAYNT», noun. 1. absence of restraint. 2. the controlling of psychotic persons without straitjackets or other use of force, as by tranquilizing drugs or other placid means …   Useful english dictionary

  • re|straint — «rih STRAYNT», noun. 1. the act of restraining; holding back or hindering from action or motion: »Noisy children sometimes need restraint. SYNONYM(S): restriction, check, curb. 2. the condition of being restrained; confinement: »Restraint is for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-re|straint — «SEHLF rih STRAYNT», noun. restraint imposed by oneself on one s actions, or desires; self control …   Useful english dictionary

  • un|re|straint — «UHN rih STRAYNT», noun. lack of restraint …   Useful english dictionary

  • con·straint — /kənˈstreınt/ noun, pl straints 1 [count] : something that limits or restricts someone or something Lack of funding has been a major constraint on the building s design. usually plural Budget constraints [=restrictions] have forced me to revise… …   Useful english dictionary

  • re·straint — /rıˈstreınt/ noun, pl straints 1 [count] somewhat formal : a way of limiting, controlling, or stopping something usually plural; often + on The government has placed/put/imposed restraints on imports. 2 [count] formal : a device that limits a… …   Useful english dictionary

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