strait


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 straits indeed.
3. Archaic. a narrow passage or area.
4. an isthmus.
adj. Archaic.
5. narrow: Strait is the gate.
6. affording little space; confined in area.
7. strict, as in requirements or principles.
[1150-1200; ME streit < OF estreit < L strictus ptp. of stringere to bind; see STRAIN1]
Syn. 2. exigency, pinch, dilemma, predicament, plight. See emergency.
Ant. 2. ease.

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(as used in expressions)
Belle Isle Strait of
Canso Strait of
Dover Strait of
Evripos Strait
Georgia Strait of
Gibraltar Strait of
Hormuz Strait of
Strait of Ormuz
Magellan Strait of
Malacca Strait of
Mandeb Strait of
Messina Strait of

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