an intense or violent exertion
the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
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"
- The author seems to strain after novelty.
- My tendon was strained.
- You will strain your eyes by reading in such poor light.
- Too heavy a load will strain the rope to its breaking point.