Strait meaning

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A narrow waterway connecting two large bodies of water.
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A narrow passage.
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Restricted or constricted; narrow; tight; confined.
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Strict, rigid, or righteous.
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The definition of a strait is a difficulty or a hard situation.

An example of a strait is a poor family being in “dire straits.”

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Straitened; difficult; distressing.
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An isthmus.
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A narrow waterway joining two larger bodies of water. The Strait of Gibraltar, for example, connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.
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(archaic) Narrow; restricted as to space or room; close.
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(archaic) Righteous, strict.

To follow the strait and narrow.

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(geography) A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.

The Strait of Gibraltar.

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A narrow pass or passage.
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A difficult position (often used in plural).

To be in dire straits.

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(obsolete) Strictly; rigorously.

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Strait is narrow waterway between two larger bodies of water.

An example of a strait is the Bering Strait.

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A narrow channel joining two larger bodies of water.

Straits that were treacherous; the Strait of Gibraltar; the Bosporus Straits.

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A position of difficulty, perplexity, distress, or need.

In desperate straits.

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Strict; rigid; exacting.
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Difficulty; distress.
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A neck of land; an isthmus.
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(obsolete) To put to difficulties.

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Origin of strait

  • Middle English streit narrow, a strait from Old French estreit tight, narrow from Latin strictus past participle of stringere to draw tight streig- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English streit, from Anglo-Norman estreit, Old French estreit (modern form étroit), from Latin strictus, perfect passive participle of stringō (“compress, tighten"). Doublet of strict.
    From Wiktionary