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Meaning of STRAIT

Pronunciation:  streyt

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  1. [n]  a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
  2. [n]  a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
  3. [adj]  (archaic) strict and severe; "strait is the gate"

STRAIT is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: narrow, pass, sound, straits
 See Also: Bering Strait, Bosporus, channel, Dardanelles, desperate straits, dire straits, East River, Golden Gate, Hellespont, Korea Strait, Korean Strait, Menai Strait, narrow, Pas-de-Calais, situation, Solent, state of affairs, Strait of Calais, Strait of Dover, Strait of Georgia, Strait of Gibraltar, Strait of Hormuz, Strait of Magellan, Strait of Messina, Strait of Ormuz, the Solent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Strait\, a.
    A variant of {Straight}. [Obs.]
  2. \Strait\, a. [Compar. {Straiter}; superl. {Straitest}.]
    [OE. straight, streyt, streit, OF. estreit, estroit, F.
    ['e]troit, from L. strictus drawn together, close, tight, p.
    p. of stringere to draw tight. See 2nd {Strait}, and cf.
    1. Narrow; not broad.
             Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
             leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
                                                   --Matt. vii.
             Too strait and low our cottage doors. --Emerson.
    2. Tight; close; closely fitting. --Shak.
    3. Close; intimate; near; familiar. [Obs.] ``A strait degree
       of favor.'' --Sir P. Sidney.
    4. Strict; scrupulous; rigorous.
             Some certain edicts and some strait decrees. --Shak.
             The straitest sect of our religion.   --Acts xxvi. 5
                                                   (Rev. Ver.).
    5. Difficult; distressful; straited.
             To make your strait circumstances yet straiter.
    6. Parsimonious; niggargly; mean. [Obs.]
             I beg cold comfort, and you are so strait, And so
             ingrateful, you deny me that.         --Shak.
  3. \Strait\, adv.
    Strictly; rigorously. [Obs.] --Shak.
  4. \Strait\, n.; pl. {Straits}. [OE. straight, streit, OF.
    estreit, estroit. See {Strait}, a.]
    1. A narrow pass or passage.
             He brought him through a darksome narrow strait To a
             broad gate all built of beaten gold.  --Spenser.
             Honor travels in a strait so narrow Where one but
             goes abreast.                         --Shak.
    2. Specifically: (Geog.) A (comparatively) narrow passageway
       connecting two large bodies of water; -- often in the
       plural; as, the strait, or straits, of Gibraltar; the
       straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of Mackinaw.
             We steered directly through a large outlet which
             they call a strait, though it be fifteen miles
             broad.                                --De Foe.
    3. A neck of land; an isthmus. [R.]
             A dark strait of barren land.         --Tennyson.
    4. Fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt;
       distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in
       the plural; as, reduced to great straits.
             For I am in a strait betwixt two.     --Phil. i. 23.
             Let no man, who owns a Providence, grow desperate
             under any calamity or strait whatsoever. --South.
             Ulysses made use of the pretense of natural
             infirmity to conceal the straits he was in at that
             time in his thoughts.                 --Broome.
  5. \Strait\, v. t.
    To put to difficulties. [Obs.] --Shak.