-n. 5. walk, stroll, airing, amble, saunter, promenade, march; ramble, perambulation, hike, outing, tramp; trot, jog, jog trot, run.
constrain, v. 1. coerce, compel, force, drive, press, pressure, oblige, hustle, railroad; impel, urge, impress, provoke, instigate, extort; cause, require, (usu. used passively) bind, exact, necessitate, make; draft, conscript, commandeer; persuade, induce, prevail upon, insist upon, pin [s.o.] down, Inf. shove or
ram down one's throat; apply pressure, SI.
lean against or
on, armtwist, twist [s.o.'s] arm, put the screws on or
to, Inf. strong-arm, put the heat on, squeeze.
2. tyrannize, terrorize, threaten, bulldoze, dragoon; bully, hector, torment, harass, abuse, taunt, tease, bullyrag; intimidate, browbeat, cow, frighten, terrify, petrify.
3. confine, restrict, hem in, hedge in, tie down; check, curb, limit; bind, astrict, tie, bound; enclose, shut in, shut up, keep in, quarantine, isolate; cage, coop, pen in, rail in, fence, corral; box up, bottle up, seal up; lock up, imprison, jail, incarcerate, impound, wall in, immure, put in irons.
4. repress, inhibit, stifle; hamper, hinder, impede; restrain, hold back, hold in, control, suppress, swallow.
constraint, n. 1. confinement, imprisonment, incarceration, durance, detention; captivity, chains, bonds; bondage, slavery, servitude, thralldom, subjugation, enthrallment.
2. repression, control, inhibition, stifling, restraint, suppression; diffidence, timidity, bashfulness, reserve, embarrassment.
3. restriction, limitation, check, curb, obstruction,
4. coercion, compulsion, force, coaction; pressure, duress, obligation; persuasion, inducement, insistence, armtwisting; urge, provocation, requirement, necessi-tation, necessity.
constrict, v. 1. cramp, squeeze, tighten, pinch, Inf. tighten up on, Inf. put the squeeze on, strangle, strangulate, draw or
press in, bind, wrap up, coarctate, straiten, constringe, compress, astringe; contract, shrink, narrow, reduce, decrease, diminish, cut down or
2. impede, obstruct, block, clog, slow, stall, stop, arrest, reign, draw reign, Inf. pull back on, bring to a standstill, bring to an impasse, stalemate, checkmate, check, curb, retard, thwart, foil, prevent, inhibit, restrain, repress, constrain, hold, hamstring, delay, frustrate, bar, hold up, tie down, deter, detain, stay, Inf. clip one's wings; hinder, hamper, trammel, handicap, fetter, shackle, tie, tie one's hands, manacle; encumber, cumber, burden, saddle with; limit, restrict, confine, circumscribe, keep within bounds, bound, demarcate, define.
constriction, n. 1. cramping, squeezing, tightening, pinching, strangling, strangulation, binding, wrapping up, coarctation, straitening, constringing, compression, compressing, astringing; contraction, contracting, shrinkage, shrinking, narrowing, Obs. angustation, reduction, reducing, decrease, decreasing, diminution, diminishing, cutting down or
short, curtailment, curtailing.
2. tightness, contracture, stricture, inner pressure, astringency, strangulation, strangling, choking, squeezing, binding; cramp, crick, crimp, stitch, crink, pang, ache, throe; spasm, muscle spasm, convulsion.
3. knot, charley horse, gnarl, block; lump, bump, bulge, swell, swelling, tumescence, hump, knob, protuberance, node, nodule, nodulus.
4. impediment, obstruction, blockage, clog, clogging, standstill, impasse, stalemate, checkmate, check, curb, curbing, retardation, thwarting, foil, prevention, preventing, inhibition, inhibiting, restraint, restraining, repression, repressing, constraint, constraining, hold, hamstring, delay, frustration, bar, deterrent, stay; hindrance, hampering, handicap, fetters, shackles, manacles, Inf. handcuffs; encumbrance, incumbrance, cumbrance, burden; limitation, limiting, restriction, restricting, circumscription, boundary, line of demarcation, pale.