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That’s because it’s been done by growing a virus in cells from other species and waiting for a weaker strain to appear by chance.

The Atlantic’s subscriber base is growing at a moment when its advertising and events businesses, like most every media company’s, are under strain .

Most cytomegaloviruses don’t cause disease, and each strain has evolved to infect only one species, so the risk of a cytomegalovirus vaccine jumping between species is very low.

We’re home to a strain of “innocent optimism,” the Post insisted.

American and global health authorities pick the flu strain s to target, drugmakers manufacture the shots, and they’re given by workplaces, schools, drugstores, local public-health departments, physicians and hospitals.

I strain and push and pedal and wonder, “When will this end?”

However we strain to distract ourselves, our consciousness of death heightens our awareness of evil.

Even before his injury, the strain had begun to tell on him.

This point has merit, but quickly begins to strain after the application of any sort of pressure.

I am just so convinced that junk food and high sugar food are undermining the health of people…It caused a lot of strain .

A man does not really know, until he gets out of the office, what the strain is.

This was not in the strain of hireling praise; but the genuine tribute of esteem and admiration.

Cook beans till well done, strain off the water, and set aside to cool.

Remove the bouquet garni, strain the broth through a fine sieve and return to the pot.

I was always conscious of sounds in Nature which my ears could not hear, that I caught but a prelude to a strain .

Strain definition, to draw tight or taut, especially to the utmost tension; stretch to the full: to strain a rope. See more.


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First Known Use of strain

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strain

Middle English streen progeny, lineage, from Old English strēon gain, acquisition; akin to Old High German gi striuni gain, Latin struere to heap up — more at strew

Middle English, from Anglo-French estreindre, from Latin stringere to bind or draw tight, press together; akin to Greek strang-, stranx drop squeezed out, strangalē halter

Strain definition is – lineage, ancestry. How to use strain in a sentence.