Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun straining

2 senses of straining

Sense 1
strain, straining -- (an intense or violent exertion)
       => effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat -- (use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion")

Sense 2
distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting -- (the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean)
       => falsification, misrepresentation -- (a willful perversion of facts)

Antonyms of verb strain

1 of 9 senses of strain

Sense 5
tense, strain, tense up -- (cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up")
       Antonym of unstrain (Sense 1)
      => relax, unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed -- (cause to feel relaxed; "A hot bath always relaxes me")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb strain

9 senses of strain

Sense 1
strive, reach, strain -- (to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear")
       => tug, labor, labour, push, drive -- (strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis")

Sense 2
try, strain, stress -- (test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!")
       => afflict -- (cause great unhappiness for; distress; "she was afflicted by the death of her parents")

Sense 3
strain, extend -- (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")
       => use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ -- (put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer")

Sense 4
sift, sieve, strain -- (separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour")
       => separate -- (divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff")

Sense 5
tense, strain, tense up -- (cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up")
       => affect -- (act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate")

Sense 6
strain, tense -- (become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached")
       => tighten -- (become tight or tighter; "The rope tightened")

Sense 7
filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out -- (remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities")
       => separate -- (divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff")

Sense 8
puree, strain -- (rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby")
       => rub -- (move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin")

Sense 9
deform, distort, strain -- (alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy")
       => shape, form -- (give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character")

Antonyms of adj straining

1 sense of straining

Sense 1
arduous, straining, strenuous -- (taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt)

INDIRECT (VIA effortful) -> effortless -- (requiring or apparently requiring no effort; "the swallows glided in an effortless way through the busy air")

Similarity of adj straining

1 sense of straining

Sense 1
arduous, straining, strenuous -- (taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt)
       => effortful (vs. effortless) -- (requiring great physical effort)

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