-adv. 7. direct, directly, right, straight, straight-forwards, straightly, straight ahead, dead ahead; unswervingly, unveeringly, undeviatingly; in a direct or straight line, in a line for, in line with, Inf in a beeline, Inf. as the crow flies, Inf straight as an arrow. strain1, v. 1. tighten, draw tight or taut, stretch, extend, elongate, distend.
2. exert to the utmost, sharpen, whet, hone, make keen, sensitize; rack the brain, peel the eye, squint, listen hard, cock the ear, keep one's ears open.
3. sprain, wrench, wrick, twist, dislocate, injure, hurt, damage; impair, weaken, exhaust, tire, fatigue.
4. distort, warp, falsify, garble, pervert, stretch too far, change; exaggerate, hyperbolize.
5. force, drive, tax, overtax, burden, overburden; push to the limit, make ineffectual, negate, nullify; overreach, overshoot, overstep, impose upon, go or carry too far, overdo it.
6. draw off, rack, filter, percolate, sieve, bolt, screen, riddle; sift, winnow, refine, purify; pan, separate; drain, ooze, seep, trickle, flow.
7. clasp, hold, enfold, envelop, hug, embrace; press, squeeze, clutch, grasp, seize.
8. pull, tug, heave, haul; try hard, make a supreme effort, struggle, strive; labor, toil, moil, drudge, grub, grind; overwork, work night and day, Inf. go all out, Inf give it one's all, drive oneself, push oneself, burn the midnight oil, burn the candle at both ends; work one's fingers to the bone, work like a dog, slave away, work like a slave, Inf put one's back into it, keep one's shoulder to the wheel, keep one's nose to the grindstone; be under stress, be under pressure, be tense. -n. 9. force, weight, heft; pull, stretch, draw, traction, tensity, tautness; extension, distension, elongation.
10. effort, exertion, struggle, laboriousness, plodding, Inf plugging, pegging; industry, industriousness, operoseness, diligence; labor, toil, travail, sweat of one's brow, moil, drudgery, grind.
11. distortion, falsification, garbling, perversion, changing, warping; exaggeration, hyperbole, overstatement.
12. sprain, wrench, twist, dislocation, injury, damage; impairment, weakening, exhaustion, fatigue.
13. pressure, stress, tension, heat, drain, drag, charge, tax; burden, Archaic, burthen, cross, encumbrance, cumbrance, trouble, vexation; load, millstone, albatross; All Inf. squeeze, crunch, pinch, push.
14. (all of language) flow, stream, rush, burst, outburst, outpour, outpouring, deluge, torrent.
15. Music, theme, melody, tune, air; aria, song, descant, lay, ballad, carol; ditty, canzonet, cavatina, arietta.
16. stanza, verse, canto, passage or piece of poetry.
17. style, manner, tone, tenor, timbre, quality, cast, complexion; temper, humor, mood, spirit, vein; temperament, disposition, nature, character.
strain2, n. 1. family, dynasty, house, clan, tribe, race, people; stock, stirps; offspring, young, children, progeny, seed, issue; successors, succession.
2. ancestry, ancestral line, lineage, descent, parentage, birth, derivation, extraction, filiation; heritage, background, past, history, roots; breed, bloodline, pedigree, stem, branch.
3. disposition, temperament, temper, grain; trait, characteristic; tendency, inclination, proclivity, propensity; proneness, subjectability, susceptibility, weakness, openness.
4. vein, streak, trace, mark, vesture; sign, indication, manifestation, evidence.