strait

  • 1 Strait — Strait, n.; pl. {Straits}. [OE. straight, streit, OF. estreit, estroit. See {Strait}, a.] 1. A narrow pass or passage. [1913 Webster] He brought him through a darksome narrow strait To a broad gate all built of beaten gold. Spenser. [1913… …

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  • 2 Strait — 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. {Strict}.] 1.… …

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  • 3 strait — n 1 Strait, sound, channel, passage, narrows can all denote a long and comparatively narrow stretch of water connecting two larger bodies. Strait, often as the plural straits with either singular or plural construction, denotes a relatively short …

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  • 4 Strait — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: George Strait (* 1952), US amerikanischer Musiker George Strait Jr. (George „Bubba“ Strait Jr.; * 1981), US amerikanischer Country Sänger, Songwriter und Rodeocowboy Horace B. Strait (1835–1894), US… …

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  • 5 strait — strait·en; strait·ly; strait·ness; strait; strait·laced·ly; strait·laced·ness; …

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  • 6 strait — [streıt] n [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: strait narrow (13 20 centuries), from Old French estreit, from Latin strictus; STRICT] 1.) also straits [plural] a narrow passage of water between two areas of land, usually connecting two seas ▪ the Bering… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 strait — (n.) mid 14c., narrow, confined space or place, specifically of bodies of water from late 14c., noun use of adj. strait narrow, strict (late 13c.), from O.Fr. estreit (Fr. étroit) tight, close, narrow (also used as a noun), from L. strictus, pp.… …

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  • 8 Strait — Strait, a. A variant of {Straight}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 9 Strait — Strait, adv. Strictly; rigorously. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 10 Strait — Strait, v. t. To put to difficulties. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 11 strait — [n1] crisis, difficulty bewilderment, bind, bottleneck*, choke point*, contingency, crossroad, dilemma, distress, embarrassment, emergency, exigency, extremity, hardship, hole*, mess*, mystification, pass, perplexity, pinch*, plight, predicament …

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  • 12 Strait — (engl., spr. ßtrēt), Straße, Meerenge …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 13 strait — index emergency, entanglement (involvement), plight, quagmire Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 14 strait — ► NOUN 1) (also straits) a narrow passage of water connecting two seas or other large areas of water. 2) (straits) a situation characterized by a specified degree of trouble or difficulty: the economy is in dire straits. ► ADJECTIVE archaic 1)… …

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  • 15 strait — [strāt] adj. [ME streit < OFr estreit < L strictus: see STRICT] 1. Archaic restricted or constricted; narrow; tight; confined 2. Archaic strict; rigid; exacting 3. Now Rare straitened; difficult; distressing n. 1. Rare a narrow passage …

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  • 16 strait — straitly, adv. straitness, n. /strayt/, n. 1. Often, straits. (used with a sing. v.) a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water. 2. Often, straits. a position of difficulty, distress, or need: Ill and penniless, he was in sad… …

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  • 17 Strait — A strait is a narrow, navigable channel of water that connects two larger navigable bodies of water. It most commonly refers to a channel of water that lies between two land masses, but it may also refer to a navigable channel through a body of… …

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  • 18 strait — noun 1 narrow piece of water connecting seas, etc. ADJECTIVE ▪ narrow VERB + STRAIT ▪ go through, pass through ▪ enter STRAIT + VERB …

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  • 19 strait — straight, strait 1. Straight is a Middle English past participle of the verb stretch and has many meanings in modern English, primarily ‘extending uniformly in the same direction without a curve or bend’. Strait, which has the basic meaning… …

    Modern English usage

  • 20 strait — strait1 [ streıt ] noun count often plural a narrow area of water that joins two larger areas of water be in dire/desperate straits to be in a very difficult situation, especially one involving a lack of money strait strait 2 [ streıt ] adjective …

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