nervousness resulting from mental stress
- "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
- "his responsibilities were a constant strain"
injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
- [ medicin ]
an intense or violent exertion
stretch or force to the limit
- "strain the rope"
use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
- "Don't strain your mind too much"