Strain is defined as to exert or stretch to the maximum or to injure by too much exertion.(verb)
The definition of a strain is a bodily injury due to overexertion or an excessive demand on resources.(noun)
See strain in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME streinen < OFr estraindre, to strain, wring hard < L stringere, to draw tight: see strict
Origin: from a misunderstanding of “strain at a gnat” (Matt. 23:24)to hesitate or be unwilling; balk (at)
Origin: ME stren < OE streon, gain, procreation, stock, race < base strynan, streonan, to produce: for IE base see strew
See strain in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb strained, strain·ing, strains verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English streinen
Origin: , from Old French estreindre, estrein-, to bind tightly
Origin: , from Latin stringere; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English strene
Origin: , from Old English strēon, something gained, progeny; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
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