- 1 (also straits) A narrow passage of water connecting two seas or two other large areas of water: [in place names]: the Straits of GibraltarMore example sentences
- They glided over the narrow strait of turbulent ocean water that made the island look like it had been cut in half with a steak knife.
- ‘The Northwest Passage is a strait for international navigation,’ says a State Department lawyer.
- In purely commercial terms, passage through the strait would cut time off sailings from the west coast of North Korea.
- 2 (straits) Used in reference to a situation characterized by a specified degree of trouble or difficulty: the economy is in dire straits redundancy left him in severe financial straitsMore example sentences
- But I, like many newer Canadians, do not carry the weight of having placed them in dire straits.
- In the 1840s, St Peter's School was in dire straits and about to close.
- That leaves county schools in dire straits, with many already having to unravel established teaching practices.
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- 1(Of a place) of limited spatial capacity; narrow or cramped: the road was so strait that a handful of men might have defended itMore example sentences
- First, He brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest.
- You either enter by a strait gate onto a narrow way or you go with the crowd through the wide gate and the broad way that leadeth to destruction.
- Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
- 1.1Close, strict, or rigorous: my captivity was strait as everMore example sentences
- The bullets sang softly in their strait prison of steel and brass.
- Incensed with rage, he commands that his wife should be carried to strait prison until they heard further of his pleasure.
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- Unfortunately, I always see the MAJORITY of people - yes, the majority of people will go straitly ahead even when there is a red light over there.
- Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
- He caused them to be questioned right straitly, so that their torment was very grievous.
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- And then the life suffers under the law of sin and death; and then there is straitness and failings.
- Such a course will ensure you experience the bitterness of spiritual straitness, as did the Corinthians.
- My dear hearers, this very straitness of the path, this narrowness of the path, doth have in it something discouraging.
Middle English: shortening of Old French estreit 'tight, narrow', from Latin strictus 'drawn tight' (see strict).