straiten

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v straiten squeeze together
    • v straiten bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Straiten To make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to confine. "Waters, when straitened , as at the falls of bridges, give a roaring noise.""In narrow circuit, straitened by a foe."
    • Straiten To make tense, or tight; to tighten. "They straiten at each end the cord."
    • Straiten To restrict; to distress or embarrass in respect of means or conditions of life; -- used chiefly in the past participle; -- as, a man straitened in his circumstances.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • straiten To make strait or narrow; narrow; contract; diminish.
    • straiten To confine; hem in.
    • straiten To draw tight; tighten.
    • straiten To hamper; inconvenience; restrict.
    • straiten To press hard, as with want or difficulties of any kind; distress; afflict with pecuniary difficulties: as, to be straitened in money matters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Straiten to make strait or narrow: to confine: to draw tight: to distress: to put into difficulties
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estreit, estrait (Fr. étroit)—L. strictus, pa.p. of stringĕre, to draw tight.

Usage

In literature:

We will not weary you by writing how straitened we have been.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
But I a snare now dight for him in woodland hollow way Besetting so the straitened pass with weaponed war-array.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
The natives have gradually been straitened in room, and their numbers have steadily declined.
"Six Letters From the Colonies" by Robert Seaton
His circumstances were often straitened, and at times so much so that he had to pass the day without dinner.
"Law and Laughter" by George Alexander Morton
I want you to consider what per cent you can pay, and not straiten yourselves too much.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
My grub-worm is always a straitened, struggling, care-worn tradesman.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Hence had come the straitened limits of L250 a year.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
We are not straitened in God: He has abundance of grace to qualify us to work for Him.
"Sovereign Grace" by Dwight Moody
Of them more had always been expected, socially, than their straitened means permitted.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
This was a cruel aggravation of actually straitened means.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

And when your veins were void and dead,
What ghosts unclean
Swarmed round the straitened barren bed
That hid Faustine?
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
He bids me always freely come,
And promises whate'er I ask:
But I am straitened, cold and dumb,
And count my privilege a task.
"Is This Thy Kindness To Thy Friend (Christ A Redeemer And Friend)" by John Newton
“His sin is his sin, if he suffers,
Who wilfully straitened the truth;
And his doom is his doom, if he follows
A lie without sorrow or ruth.”
"Safi" by Henry Kendall
As the sea in the strait sea-caves,
The sound came straitened and strange;
A noise of the rending of graves,
A tidal thunder of waves,
The music of death and of change.
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
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
By the cross of Jesus standing,
Love our straitened souls expanding,
Taste we now the peace and grace!
Health from yonder tree is flowing,
Heav’nly light is on it glowing,
From the blessed Sufferer's face.
"By the Cross of Jesus Standing" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

Legislative partisans have been at loggerheads more than usual as Ohio's budget needs collide with straitened economic circumstances.
These straitened times have struck even the.
Ian McEwan's new novella evokes his homeland's natural beauty and the straitened sexual manners of the early 1960s.
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