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strained adj
1 lacking natural ease; "a labored style of debating" [syn: labored, laboured]
2 under great stress; "her voice was strained as she asked the question"
3 lacking spontaneity; not natural; "a constrained smile"; "forced heartiness"; "a strained smile" [syn: constrained, forced]
4 struggling for effect; "agonistic poses" [syn: agonistic]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Forced through a strainer.
    Babies don't seem to like strained peas, even though the puree is easy for them to eat and digest.
  2. Under tension; tense.
    Ever since the fight our relation has been strained.


  1. past of strain

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