AskDefine | Define straining

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straining adj : 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 [syn: arduous, strenuous]


1 an intense or violent exertion [syn: strain]
2 the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean [syn: distortion, overrefinement, torture, twisting]

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  1. present participle of strain

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