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Meaning of STRAITEN

Pronunciation:  'streytn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  squeeze together
 

STRAITEN is a 8 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: confine, detain

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Strait"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Straitened}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Straitening}.]
1. To make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to
   confine.

         Waters, when straitened, as at the falls of bridges,
         give a roaring noise.                 --Bacon.

         In narrow circuit, straitened by a foe. --Milton.

2. To make tense, or tight; to tighten.

         They straiten at each end the cord.   --Pope.

3. To restrict; to distress or embarrass in respect of means
   or conditions of life; -- used chiefly in the past
   participle; -- as, a man straitened in his circumstances.

 

 

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