(of an atmosphere, situation, or relationship) Not relaxed or comfortable; tense or uneasy,
(of an atmosphere, situation, or relationship) Not relaxed or comfortable; tense or uneasy
there was a strained silence
relations between the two countries were strained
(of a person) Showing signs of tiredness or nervous tension
Jean's pale, strained face
(of an appearance or performance) Produced by deliberate effort rather than natural impulse; artificial or forced
I put on my strained smile for the next customer
(of a statement or representation) Labored or far-fetched
my example may seem a little strained and artificial
(of a limb or muscle) Injured by overexertion or twisting
(of a mainly liquid substance) Having been strained to separate out any solid matter
labored: lacking natural ease; "a labored style of debating"
showing signs of mental and emotional tension; "her voice was strained as she asked the question"
constrained: lacking spontaneity; not natural; "a constrained smile"; "forced heartiness"; "a strained smile"
agonistic: struggling for effect; "agonistic poses"
(straining) arduous: 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
(straining) strain: an intense or violent exertion
(straining) distortion: the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
Forced through a strainer
(Straining) initial phase of purification of polluted water, which involves eliminating solid waste and large particles.
(Straining) An overstretching or overexertion of some part of the musculature which involves excessive effort
Showing signs of audible distress during loud passages, as though the system is verging on overload. Compare "ease," "effortless."