Strait Strait, a. [Compar. {Straiter}; superl. {Straitest}.] [OE. straight, streyt, streit, OF. estreit, estroit, F. ['e]troit, from L. strictus drawn together, close, tight, p. p. of stringere to draw tight. See 2nd {Strait}, and cf. {Strict}.] 1. Narrow; not broad. [1913 Webster]

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. --Matt. vii. 14. [1913 Webster]

Too strait and low our cottage doors. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

2. Tight; close; closely fitting. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Close; intimate; near; familiar. [Obs.] ``A strait degree of favor.'' --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

4. Strict; scrupulous; rigorous. [1913 Webster]

Some certain edicts and some strait decrees. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The straitest sect of our religion. --Acts xxvi. 5 (Rev. Ver.). [1913 Webster]

5. Difficult; distressful; straited. [1913 Webster]

To make your strait circumstances yet straiter. --Secker. [1913 Webster]

6. Parsimonious; niggargly; mean. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I beg cold comfort, and you are so strait, And so ingrateful, you deny me that. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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