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Definition of straining:

  1. Making great efforts; filtering.
  2. The act of putting to the utmost stretch; the act of filtering.

Synonyms:

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.

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