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1. strain  (noun) 
the act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"

  Also known as: song

  More Specific:
carol - a joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ)
lullaby / cradlesong - a quiet song that lulls a child to sleep
aria - an elaborate song for solo voice

  More Generic:
    vocal music

2. strain  (noun) 
an intense or violent exertion

  Also known as: straining

  More Generic:
    effort     elbow grease     exertion     travail     sweat

3. strain  (noun) 
an effortful attempt to attain a goal

  Also known as: striving, nisus, pains

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jihad / jehad - a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal

  More Generic:
    attempt     effort     endeavor     endeavour     try

4. strain  (noun) 
a lineage or race of people

  Also known as: breed

  More Generic:
    ancestry     lineage     derivation     filiation

5. strain  (noun) 
pervading note of an utterance; "I could follow the general tenor of his argument"

  Also known as: tenor

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drift / purport - general meaning or tenor

  More Generic:
    meaning     substance

6. strain  (noun) 
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

  Also known as: tune, melody, air, melodic line, line, melodic phrase

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flourish / fanfare / tucket - (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
glissando - a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
roulade - (music) an elaborate run of several notes sung to one syllable
leitmotiv / leitmotif - a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner''s operas)
theme song - a melody that recurs and comes to represent a musical play or movie
signature / signature tune / theme song - a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
theme / melodic theme / musical theme / idea - (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
part / voice - the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

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7. strain  (noun) 
a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep"

  Also known as: breed, stock

  More Specific:
bloodstock - thoroughbred horses (collectively)
pedigree - line of descent of a pure-bred animal

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  More Generic:
    variety     animal group

8. strain  (noun) 
(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"

  Also known as: form, variant, var.

    biology / biological science

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  More Generic:
    taxonomic group     taxonomic category     taxon

9. strain  (noun) 
(physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces

    physics / physical science / natural philosophy

  More Specific:
overstrain - too much strain

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10. strain  (noun) 
injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain

  More Generic:
    injury     hurt     harm     trauma

11. strain  (noun) 
(psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"

  Also known as: mental strain, nervous strain

    psychology / psychological science

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tension / tenseness / stress - (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

  More Generic:
    nervousness     nerves

12. strain  (noun) 
difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; "she endured the stresses and strains of life"; "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R.J.Samuelson

  Also known as: stress

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13. strain  (verb) 
make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;

  Also known as: tense, tense up

    tense up

  More Specific:
crick - twist the head into a strained position
stretch / extend - extend one''s limbs or muscles, or the entire body

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  Opposite of:
    relax     unstrain     unlax     loosen up     unwind     make relaxed     relax     unstrain     unlax     loosen up     unwind     make relaxed

14. strain  (verb) 
alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"

  Also known as: deform, distort

  More Specific:
jaundice - distort adversely

  More Generic:
    shape     form

15. strain  (verb) 
to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"

  Also known as: strive, reach

  More Specific:
extend oneself - strain to the utmost
kill oneself / overexert oneself - strain oneself more than is healthy
trouble oneself / trouble / bother / inconvenience oneself - take the trouble to do something

  More Generic:
    tug     labor     labour     push     drive

16. strain  (verb) 
use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don''t strain your mind too much"

  Also known as: extend

  More Specific:
overstrain / overextend - strain excessively
tax / task - use to the limit

  More Generic:
    use     utilize     utilise     apply     employ

17. strain  (verb) 
rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby"

  Also known as: puree

    cooking / cookery / preparation

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18. strain  (verb) 
remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities"

  Also known as: filter, filtrate, separate out, filter out

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19. strain  (verb) 
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"

  Also known as: sift, sieve

  More Specific:
rice - sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice
resift - sift anew
riddle / screen - separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
winnow / fan - separate from chaff

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  See Also:
    sieve out     pick over

20. strain  (verb) 
stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"

  Also known as: tense

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21. strain  (verb) 
test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"

  Also known as: try, stress

  More Specific:
rack - stretch to the limits

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