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strained Syllabification: strained
Pronunciation: /strānd/

Definition of strained in English:


1(Of an atmosphere, situation, or relationship) not relaxed or comfortable; tense or uneasy: there was a strained silence relations between the two countries were strained
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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.
awkward, tense, uneasy, uncomfortable, edgy, difficult, troubled
1.1(Of a person) showing signs of tiredness or nervous tension: Jean’s pale, strained face
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  • 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.
drawn, careworn, worn, pinched, tired, exhausted, drained, haggard
1.2(Of an appearance or performance) produced by deliberate effort rather than natural impulse; artificial or forced: I put on my strained smile for the next customer
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  • ‘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.
forced, constrained, unnatural;
artificial, insincere, false, affected, put-on
1.3(Of a statement or representation) labored or far-fetched: my example may seem a little strained and artificial
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  • But here the strained and unconvincing resolution arrives posthaste.
  • The dialogue and the acting are strained and unconvincing, and far too complacent considering the events under consideration.
  • It is to be hoped, to pursue Latham's own somewhat strained imagery, that he understands that it was just one rung on the ladder, and one on which he cannot always rely in the future.
2(Of a limb or muscle) injured by overexertion or twisting.
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  • Barlow has been bothered by a strained quadriceps muscle, which he hurt in the preseason and re-aggravated recently.
  • Clemens began the game tentatively thanks to a strained leg muscle suffered in his last start.
  • It was Carter's second game back after missing 10 games with a strained quadriceps muscle in his left knee.
3(Of a mainly liquid substance) having been strained to separate out any solid matter.
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  • 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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