To strain a point

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To strain a point to go beyond the proper limit or rule; to stretch one's authority or conscience.
    • To strain a point to make a special effort; especially, to do a degree of violence to some principle or to one's own feelings.
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Usage

In literature:

Douglas's nerves were strained to a point of breaking.
"Polly of the Circus" by Margaret Mayo
He would even strain a point to serve him.
"The Life of John Bunyan" by Edmund Venables
He was watching Bella, too, and she knew it, and she strained a point to captivate Mr. Harbison.
"When a Man Marries" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
You could strain a point and refer to the office as "secretary of state," which was an imposing title.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
This picture wavered and faltered, hung as it was upon a thin cord strained to breaking-point.
"The Captives" by Hugh Walpole
She looked at him to see whether the string she held him by would bear the slight additional strain: decided not to press a small point.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
I would strain a point to meet you anywhere, were it only for a couple of days.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Over the last twenty miles of the river his guides had strained a point now and then, just to see their passenger gasp.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
It would be straining a point to arrest him as it stands.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
He laughed out loud, the laugh of a man whose nerves are strained almost to the point of snapping.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
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In poetry:

"Fire-pointed, stinging, strikes and burns
To the bone, each icy dart.
He stumbles—falls—is up again,
And onward for the Town a-strain;
Backward our Willie never turns,
And never loses heart.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
Touchd with a sacred rage & heavnly flame,
I strive to sing thine universall aim,
To quit ye subject, & in lays sublime
The morall fitt for any point of time:
Then go my verses with applying strain
Go form a triumph not ascribd to men.
"Deborah" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

The credibility of the town government's leadership is strained to the breaking point as a local election nears and ambiguity saturates the shabby $450K political buyout of former Town Manager John Klimm.
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In science:

Once in the steady flow state, each system in the ensemble is brought back to a zero-stress state, which serves as the starting point for a second experiment in which a positive and negative strain is put on the system as shown in the right panel of Fig. 1.
Athermal Nonlinear Elastic Constants of Amorphous Solids
By way of a caveat, we point out that such a comparison may be overly simplistic because the Ising walls comprising the Bloch 109◦ FDW experience a foreign strain environment and do not conform to the plane of mechanical compatibility of a true R71◦ FDW.
Bloch-type Domain Walls in Rhombohedral BaTiO3
In particular, this will lead to a criterion for the validity of the first random tiling hypothesis which states that the point of maximum entropy occurs at vanishing phason strain.
An alternative view on random tilings
Because species with higher fitness are favored over those with lower fitness, a mutant strain of organism which finds itself at a higher point on the fitness landscape will dominate over its ancestral strain and over time the population will shift to the fitter genotype.
Simple models of evolution and extinction
However, if the C-AF has an Ising uniaxial anisotropy, the C-AF transition becomes a 3D Ising transition with ν < 2/3, and the strain field would induce a relevant long range interaction , which leads to a run-away flow from the 3D Ising fixed point.
Nematic orders in Iron-based superconductors
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