Strait

Definition of Strait

a.1.A variant of Straight.
1.Narrow; not broad.
Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
- Matt. vii. 14.
Too strait and low our cottage doors.
- Emerson.
2.Tight; close; closely fitting.
3.Close; intimate; near; familiar.
4.Strict; scrupulous; rigorous.
Some certain edicts and some strait decrees.
- Shak.
The straitest sect of our religion.
- Acts xxvi. 5 (Rev. Ver.).
5.Difficult; distressful; straited.
To make your strait circumstances yet straiter.
- Secker.
6.Parsimonious; niggargly; mean.
I beg cold comfort, and you are so strait,
And so ingrateful, you deny me that.
- Shak.
adv.1.Strictly; rigorously.
n.1.A narrow pass or passage.
He brought him through a darksome narrow strait
To a broad gate all built of beaten gold.
- Spenser.
Honor travels in a strait so narrow
Where one but goes abreast.
- Shak.
2.(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.
- De Foe.
3.A neck of land; an isthmus.
A dark strait of barren land.
- Tennyson.
4.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.
- Phil. i. 23.
Let no man, who owns a Providence, grow desperate under any calamity or strait whatsoever.
- South.
Ulysses made use of the pretense of natural infirmity to conceal the straits he was in at that time in his thoughts.
- Broome.
v. t.1.To put to difficulties.

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