Straits
Strait Strait, n.; pl. {Straits}. [OE. straight, streit, OF. estreit, estroit. See {Strait}, a.] 1. A narrow pass or passage. [1913 Webster]

He brought him through a darksome narrow strait To a broad gate all built of beaten gold. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Honor travels in a strait so narrow Where one but goes abreast. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: (Geog.) A (comparatively) narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water; -- often in the plural; as, the strait, or straits, of Gibraltar; the straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of Mackinaw. [1913 Webster]

We steered directly through a large outlet which they call a strait, though it be fifteen miles broad. --De Foe. [1913 Webster]

3. A neck of land; an isthmus. [R.] [1913 Webster]

A dark strait of barren land. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt; distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in the plural; as, reduced to great straits. [1913 Webster]

For I am in a strait betwixt two. --Phil. i. 23. [1913 Webster]

Let no man, who owns a Providence, grow desperate under any calamity or strait whatsoever. --South. [1913 Webster]

Ulysses made use of the pretense of natural infirmity to conceal the straits he was in at that time in his thoughts. --Broome. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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