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Strain may refer to:

Science and technology[edit]

  • Strain (biology), variants of plants, viruses or bacteria; or an inbred animal used for experimental purposes
  • Strain (chemistry), a chemical stress of a molecule
  • Strain (injury), an injury to a muscle (tear in tendon) in which the muscle fibers tear as a result of over-stretching
  • Strain (mechanics), a geometrical measure of deformation representing the relative displacement between particles in a material body
  • Filtration, separating solids from fluids (liquids or gases) by interposing a strainer, a medium through which only the fluid can pass
  • Percolation, the movement and filtering of fluids through porous materials
  • Psychological stress

Other uses[edit]

  • straining, in cooking, the separation of liquid from solids using a strainer or sieve.
  • straining (puréeing) [ja], the process of making a mash or purée by forcing through a sieve, rather than using a power blender. Cf. ricing (cooking)
  • strain (bridge), the indication of either the trump suit or notrump in a bid made in the game of contract bridge; also called a denomination

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Arts and media[edit]


  • Strain, Arkansas, an unincorporated community in Richland Township of the Southern United States
  • Strain, Missouri, an unincorporated community in Franklin County, Missouri, USA

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