5. variety, kind, sort, type, description.
strained, adj. forced, unnatural, artificial, plastic, false, SI. phony, insincere; overdone, stagy, theatrical, far-fetched, catachrestic; affected, stilted, Inf. put-on, feigned, pretended; studied, labored, laborious, calculated, mannered; self-conscious, stiff, formal, ceremonious.
strainer, n. sieve, tamis, tammy, sifter, filter, screen, riddle; colander, steamer.
strait, n. 1. Often
straits narrows, inlet, gut, arm. 2. Often
straits predicament, Inf. pickle, dilemma, plight, SI. hot seat, hot spot, hot water, stew; impasse, dead end, crisis, crux, hitch, rub, bind; quandary, perplexity, imbroglio, intricacy, entanglement, maze; slough, muddle, quagmire; problem, trouble, distress, difficulty, All Inf. clutch, jam, scrape, corner, hole, box, mess, pretty kettle of fish, fine how-do-you-do or how-de-do, pretty state of affairs, pretty pass, SI. screw-up.
straiten, v. 1. pauperize, impoverish, break, bankrupt, ruin; distress, embarrass, press, corner, Inf. drive to the wall, Inf. have on the ropes, Inf. have between a rock and a hard place; trouble, bother, harry, vex, annoy; persecute, plague, harass, oppress; afflict, perturb, disturb; encumber, overburden, overload, tax, strain.
2. limit, restrict, confine, keep within bounds, keep on a budget, Inf. keep on a short leash or rein; curb, restrain, shackle, bridle, trammel, bind, stay, hold in check; cut down, cut back, watch; impede, hinder, hamper, tie one's hands; frustrate, thwart, clip one's wings.
straitened, adj. 1. poor, destitute, poverty-stricken, impoverished, penurious, impecunious, beggared, pauperized, penniless, indigent, needy, necessitous, bad off, badly off; pinched, Inf. strapped, Inf. up against it, Inf. on one's uppers, Inf. hard up; financially embarrassed, out of cash, out-of-pocket, Inf. short, Brit. SI. skint, All Inf. broke, dead broke, flat broke, stone broke; bankrupt, ruined, wiped out, Inf. on the rocks, insolvent, overdrawn, in the red.
2. distressed, Inf. at the end of one's rope, Inf. between a rock and a hard place, between Scylla and Charybdis, in a sea of difficulties or troubles; in a precarious situation, in jeopardy, Inf. out on a limb, Inf. up a creek, Inf. up a creek without a paddle; encumbered, overburdened, overloaded; taxed, overtaxed, strained, close to breakdown; afflicted, perturbed, disturbed, troubled, worried, bothered, harried, vexed, perplexed.
strait-laced, adj. puritanical, puritan, prudish, nice-nelly, moralistic, strict, austere, ascetic; severe, precise, abstinent, abstemious; stiff, stiff-necked, rigid, arbitrary, narrow, uncompromising; priggish, over-modest, old-maidish, old-fashioned, of the old school; formal, stilted, Inf. stuffy, fussy, fusty; prim, proper, overscrupulous, blue-nosed; sanctimonious, moralizing, self-righteous, holier-than-thou, Inf. goody-goody; pharisaic, unctuous, tartuffian.
strand1, v. 1. shore, ground, run ashore or aground; beach, shipwreck, wreck, maroon, Inf. pile up, cast away.
2. leave, abandon, desert, quit, give up; leave alone, leave high and dry, turn one's back on, leave in the lurch, forsake.
-n. 3. shore, coast, beach, seaside, seashore, sea-coast; littoral, plage, Fr. cote, sands; bank, brink, Archaic. brim, ground, margin, embankment, edge; waterside, waterfront, Archaic, rivage, foreshore, loom of the land.
strand2, n. 1. rope, cord, cordage, string, yarn, twine; cable, line, wire, catgut, lace; braid, twist, liga