- 1 1.1 (tense) [relations/atmosphere] tenso, tirante; [face/expression] tenso, crispado; [voice] forzadoMore example sentences1.2 (unnatural, forced) [manner/humor] forzado; [performance] afectado
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- The elevator ride seemed endless, full of strained silence and uneasy sideways glances.
- There was an awkward and strained silence between them for a moment, but it was broken by a familiar female voice.
- We sat in silence for several strained minutes, feeling awkward in one another's presence.
- ‘It's not every day something like that happens,’ he said with a rather strained smile.
- Sam smiled a bit as the rest offered their own strained smiles and laughs to his amusing but rather frighteningly honest statement.
- She doesn't look any different and she's actually wearing a rather strained smile.
- 2 [Medicine/Medicina] [eyes] cansado a strained muscle un esguinceMore example sentences
- Several minutes of strained, nervous gazing about the room passed.
- Alex's voice held a strained edge, sounding as if it would break any minute.
- Before she can shake her head in strained resignation, Rhett Remiel steps up next to the table.
- 3 [Cookery/Cocina] strained yogurt yogur (masculine) espeso or sin sueroMore example sentences
- A bowl of strained strawberry sauce was put out to dip them.
- Pour the strained liquor into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with lemon peel.
- Pour the strained mixture into the chilled glass, then layer with more crushed ice.
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.