Definitions of straining
  1. noun
    an intense or violent exertion
    synonyms: strain
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    type of:
    effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  2. noun
    the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
    synonyms: distortion, overrefinement, torture, twisting
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    type of:
    falsification, misrepresentation
    a willful perversion of facts
  3. adjective
    taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
    “his final, straining burst of speed”
    synonyms: arduous, strenuous
    requiring great physical effort
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