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strain [3].

[sup.3]strain

noun

1 : great worry and concern or physical effort <Perhaps, the pressures of everyday stress and strain had gotten her down. E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler>

2 : something that causes great worry and concern or physical effort <Running the business was a strain on him.> <The heavy load was a strain on her back.>

3 : bodily injury resulting from too much use or from a wrench or twist that stretches muscles and ligaments

4 : a force that pulls or stretches something to its limit : stress

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