Definition of straining:
melodic phrase, grueling, song, heavy, nisus, striving, tune, backbreaking, distorted shape, variant, twist, laborious, air, toilsome, torment, strenuous, aberration, spin, stock, optical aberration, melodic line, operose, gruelling, mental strain, line, form, tenor, twirl, whirl, overrefinement, stress, twisting, punishing, strain, distortion, arduous, anguish, torturing, effortful, var., agony, deformation, melody, pains, breed, torture, nervous strain, hard.
- "The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories", Ethel M. Dell.
- "The Dare Boys of 1776", Stephen Angus Cox.
The crowd stood round silent and motionless, with their eyes fixed on the poor lifeless head which rested on Mr Freshfield's knee; straining their eyes for one sign of animation, yearning still more for the arrival of the doctor.- "A Dog with a Bad Name", Talbot Baines Reed.