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Related to strait: Strait of Magellan, Bering Strait

strait

 (strāt)
n. often straits
1. A narrow channel joining two larger bodies of water: straits that were treacherous; the Strait of Gibraltar; the Bosporus Straits.
2. A position of difficulty, perplexity, distress, or need: in desperate straits.
adj. Archaic
1.
a. Difficult; stressful.
b. Having or marked by limited funds or resources.
2.
a. Narrow or confined.
b. Fitting tightly; constricted.
3. Strict, rigid, or righteous.

[Middle English streit, narrow, a strait, from Old French estreit, tight, narrow, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]

strait′ly adv.
strait′ness n.

strait

(streɪt)
n
1. (Physical Geography) (often plural)
a. a narrow channel of the sea linking two larger areas of sea
b. (capital as part of a name): the Strait of Gibraltar.
2. (often plural) a position of acute difficulty (often in the phrase in dire or desperate straits)
3. (Physical Geography) archaic a narrow place or passage
adj
4. (of spaces, etc) affording little room
5. (of circumstances, etc) limiting or difficult
6. severe, strict, or scrupulous
[C13: from Old French estreit narrow, from Latin strictus constricted, from stringere to bind tightly]
ˈstraitly adv
ˈstraitness n

strait

(streɪt)

n.
1. Often, straits. (used with a sing. v.) a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water.
2. Often, straits. a position of difficulty, distress, or need.
3. Archaic. a narrow passage or area.
adj. Archaic.
5. narrow.
6. confined in area.
7. strict, as in requirements or principles.
[1150–1200; Middle English streit < Old French estreit < Latin strictus, past participle of stringere to bind; compare strain1]

strait

(strāt)
A narrow waterway joining two larger bodies of water. The Strait of Gibraltar, for example, connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.

strait

A narrow strip of sea that links two larger areas of sea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.strait - a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of waterstrait - a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
channel - a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels; "the ship went aground in the channel"
narrow - a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
2.strait - a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
desperate straits, dire straits - a state of extreme distress
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
Adj.1.strait - narrow; "strait is the gate"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
narrow - not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"

strait

noun
1. (often plural) channel, sound, narrows, stretch of water, sea passage Thousands of vessels pass through the straits annually.
plural noun
1. difficulty, crisis, mess, pass, hole (slang), emergency, distress, dilemma, embarrassment, plight, hardship, uphill (S. African), predicament, extremity, perplexity, panic stations (informal), pretty or fine kettle of fish (informal) If we had a child, we'd be in really dire straits.
Translations
صُعوبَه، حاجَه، عُسْر ماليمَضيق
průlivtíseňúžina
strædesundvanskelighed
tengerszoros
kröggursund
tramdomieji marškiniai
finansiālas grūtībasgrūtībasjūras šaurums

strait

[streɪt] N
1. (Geog) (also straits) → estrecho m
the Straits of Doverel estrecho de Dover
2. straits (fig) → situación f apurada, apuro m
to be in dire straitsestar en un gran apuro
the economic straits we are inel apuro económico en que nos encontramos

strait

[ˈstreɪt]
n (GEOGRAPHY, GEOLOGY)détroit m
straits npl
to be in dire straits → être aux abois, être dans une situation désespérée
to be in desperate financial straits → être financièrement aux abois

strait

n
(Geog) → Meerenge f, → Straße f; the straits of Dover/Gibraltardie Straße von Dover/Gibraltar
straits pl (fig)Nöte pl, → Schwierigkeiten pl; to be in dire or desperate straitsin großen Nöten sein, in einer ernsten Notlage sein

strait

:
straitjacket
n (lit, fig)Zwangsjacke f
strait-laced
adjprüde, puritanisch, spießig (inf)

strait

[streɪt] n (Geog) → stretto
the Straits of Dover → lo stretto di Dover
to be in dire straits (fig) → essere nei guai

strait

(streit) noun
1. (often in plural) a narrow strip of sea between two pieces of land. the straits of Gibraltar; the Bering Strait.
2. (in plural) difficulty; (financial) need.
ˈstrait-jacket noun
a type of jacket with long sleeves tied behind to hold back the arms of eg a violent and insane person.
ˌstrait-ˈlaced adjective
strict and severe in attitude and behaviour.
References in classic literature ?
On this occasion, Captain Nemo informed me that his intention was to get into the Indian Ocean by the Strait of Torres.
Soon after we discovered the isle of Babelmandel, which gives name to the strait so called, and parts the sea that surrounds it into two channels; that on the side of Arabia is not above a quarter of a league in breadth, and through this pass almost all the vessels that trade to or from the Red Sea.
In this strait they sent a Deputation to a neighbouring tribe to consult the Oldest and Wisest Ape in All the World.
Although w know that there are tides, which run within the Narrow of the Strait of Magellan at the rate of eight knots an hour yet we must confess that it makes the head almost giddy t reflect on the number of years, century after century, whic the tides, unaided by a heavy surf, must have required t have corroded so vast an area and thickness of solid basalti lava.
The following night they passed through the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, which means in Arabic The Bridge of Tears, and the next day they put in at Steamer Point, north-west of Aden harbour, to take in coal.
Out on the blue sea, the distant splash of the paddles, the distant thump of the engines, told from time to time of the passage of steamers, entering or leaving the strait between the island and the mainland.
The precise point of destination was still undecided--the plan being to search out a suitable location upon one of the many little islets which dot the western shore of the Macassar Strait.
This rampart is pierced by several sally-ports for the convenience of ships and whales; conspicuous among which are the straits of Sunda and Malacca.
I now made the old town of Benicia, on the Carquinez Straits, my headquarters.
There is no part of the world of coasts, continents, oceans, seas, straits, capes, and islands which is not under the sway of a reigning wind, the sovereign of its typical weather.
He tacked a score of feet from the wharf, waved his hand theatrically, like a knight about to enter the lists, received a hearty cheer in return, and stood away into the Straits for a couple of hundred yards.
85: Some say that great earthquakes occurred, which broke through the neck of land and formed the straits (3), the sea parting the mainland from the island.