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Dictionary definition for: Straining

1. (n) an intense or violent exertion

2. (s) taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed" "a strenuous task" "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt

3. (n) the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

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