• WordNet 3.6
    • adj strait narrow "strait is the gate"
    • n strait a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
    • n strait a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first music video ever played on MTV Europe was by Dire Straits, "Money For Nothing."
    • Strait (Geog) A (comparatively) narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water; -- often in the plural; as, the strait, or straits, of Gibraltar; the straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of Mackinaw. "We steered directly through a large outlet which they call a strait , though it be fifteen miles broad."
    • Strait A narrow pass or passage. "He brought him through a darksome narrow strait To a broad gate all built of beaten gold.""Honor travels in a strait so narrow
      Where one but goes abreast."
    • Strait A neck of land; an isthmus. "A dark strait of barren land."
    • a Strait A variant of Straight.
    • Strait Close; intimate; near; familiar. "A strait degree of favor."
    • Strait Difficult; distressful; straited. "To make your strait circumstances yet straiter ."
    • Strait Fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt; distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in the plural; as, reduced to great straits . "For I am in a strait betwixt two.""Let no man, who owns a Providence, grow desperate under any calamity or strait whatsoever.""Ulysses made use of the pretense of natural infirmity to conceal the straits he was in at that time in his thoughts."
    • Strait Narrow; not broad. "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.""Too strait and low our cottage doors."
    • Strait Parsimonious; niggargly; mean. "I beg cold comfort, and you are so strait ,
      And so ingrateful, you deny me that."
    • Strait Strict; scrupulous; rigorous. "Some certain edicts and some strait decrees.""The straitest sect of our religion."
    • adv Strait Strictly; rigorously.
    • Strait Tight; close; closely fitting.
    • v. t Strait To put to difficulties.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: No evidence of man's evolutionary ancestors has so far been found in either North or South America. Fossils and other remains suggest that the first Americans crossed the Bering Straits (which at the time was dry land) from Asia between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.
    • strait Narrow; having little breadth or width.
    • strait Confined; restricted; limited in space or accommodation; close.
    • strait Of time, short; scant.
    • strait Tight.
    • strait Close. Near; intimate; familiar.
    • strait Strict; careful.
    • strait Close-fisted; stingy; avaricious.
    • strait Strict; rigorous; exacting.
    • strait Sore; great; difficult; distressing.
    • strait Hard-pressed; straitened; hampered.
    • n strait A narrow pass or passage.
    • n strait Specifically, a narrow passage of water connecting two bodies of water: often used in the plural: as, the Strait or Straits of Gibraltar; the Straits of Magellan; the Straits of Dover. Abbreviated St.
    • n strait A strip of land between two bodies of water; an isthmus.
    • n strait A narrow alley in London.
    • n strait A tight or narrow place; difficulty; distress; need; case of necessity: often in the plural.
    • n strait plural Cloth of single width, as opposed to broad cloth: a term in use in the sixteenth century and later.
    • strait To make strait or narrow; narrow; straiten; contract.
    • strait To stretch; draw tight; tighten.
    • strait To press hard; put to difficulties; distress; puzzle; perplex.
    • strait Narrowly; tightly; closely; strictly; rigorously; strenuously; hard.
    • strait An old spelling of straight.
    • n strait plural See cod-liver oil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Strait strāt difficult: distressful:
    • n Strait a narrow pass in a mountain, or in the ocean between two portions of land: difficulty, distress
    • v.t Strait to stretch, tighten: to distress
    • adj Strait strāt obs. strict, rigorous: narrow, so in B.
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  • Titus Livy
    Titus Livy
    “In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Yes great people are always subject to persecution and always getting into straits.”
  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”


In dire straits - If you're in dire straits, you're in serious trouble or difficulties.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. straight, streyt, streit, OF. estreit, estroit, F. étroit, from L. strictus, drawn together, close, tight, p. p. of stringere, to draw tight. See 2nd Strait, and cf. Strict
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estreit, estrait (Fr. étroit)—L. strictus, pa.p. of stringĕre, to draw tight.


In literature:

This ice forms in the winter in vast quantities in the myriads of inlets and bays on both sides of the straits.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
That is the reason why Mrs. Strait holds to the moralistic concept of the Christian life.
"Herein is Love" by Reuel L. Howe
The maiden Owaissa comes from the Strait.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
To help you in your strait I will take that thing, and then we shall be quits.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
Debt was a sure indication of some embarrassment or strait.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
We will begin upon the north, at the Strait of Fuca.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
The climate at the north end of the northward-pointing finger is more severe than on the Labrador side of the Straits.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
This country is in general beautiful, but particularly so about the straits that lead into Strangford Loch.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
But few of the vessels passing through the straits leave the main channel, and go to the island some miles out of the way.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
If Smith's Strait is closed up from us, Lancaster Strait, on the west coast of Baffin's Sea, is not.
"The English at the North Pole" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

And being straitly wooed,
Believes herself the Good
And Fair
He seeks in her.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
He turnd his face unto her strait,
With deadlye sorrow sighing;
O lovely maid, come pity mee,
Ime on my death-bed lying.
"Barbara Allen's Cruelty" by Thomas Percy
Was life so strange, so sad the sky,
So strait the wide world's range,
He would not stay to wonder why
Was life so strange?
"A Baby's Death" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Where go'st thou first, when in a strait,
Or when with grief opprest?
Fleest thou to him? O happy gate!
Thy Husband is thy rest.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
True, 'tis a strait and thorny road,
And mortal spirits tire and faint;
But they forget the mighty God,
That feeds the strength of every saint.
"Hymn 48" by Isaac Watts
Mock I thee, in wishing weal? —
Tears are in my eyes to feel
Thou art made so straitly,
Blessing needs must straiten too, —
Little canst thou joy or do,
Thou who lovest greatly.
"To Flush, My Dog" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In news:

Little Big Town's last performance in Birmingham came in 2008, as an opener for George Strait at the BJCC Arena.
Strait of Dover Navigates Canada's Classics.
Queen's Plate winner Strait of Dover .
Strait of Dover Streaks to Queen's Plate Win.
Strait of Dover wins the Queen's Plate.
The risks of confrontation and the Strait of Hormuz .
Iran Watching as US Military Launches Exercise in Strait of Hormuz .
Navy destroyer commander removed from job after collision outside Strait of Hormuz .
Blocking the Strait of Hormuz .
It is obvious that the simmering tensions in the Strait of Hormuz are starting to boil over.
UAE opens new oil pipeline bypassing Strait of Hormuz .
New pipeline opens in the UAE that will allow oil exports to bypass the contentious Strait of Hormuz .
The new pipeline bypasses the Strait of Hormuz , a choke point for Middle East oil that Iran has threatened to block.
UAE starts up pipeline to bypass Strait of Hormuz .
The United Arab Emirates opened a pipeline that bypassed the Strait of Hormuz , as Iran threatened to block it once again.

In science:

Inserting (14) into (11) we arrive at the final form for the original Kernel: K (qa , ta ; qb , tb ) = r It is strait forward to verify that the above expression is indeed the correct Green function for the Hamiltonian (1).
A Simple Path Integration For the Time Dependent Oscillator
Such hull points lacking a second dual line will not necessarily remain accessible from the outside after the scaling limit is taken, because their single exit path becomes a strait pinched by parts of the occupied cluster.
Conformal Random Geometry
Certain bacteria show the following movement pattern: periods of strait runs alternate with periods of random rotations which leads to reorientation of the cells.
Asymptotic expansion of semi-Markov random evolutions
This model is a strait analog of that one from the work .
Prototype model for nuclear spin conversion in molecules: The case of "hydrogen"
But the corresponding calculations were not simple and not strait forward.
Hamiltonian formalism in a problem of 3-th waves hierarchy