Strict

Definition of Strict

a.1.Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature.
2.Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber.
3.Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention.
It shall be still in strictest measure.
- Milton.
4.Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath.
5.Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense.
6.(Bot.) Upright, or straight and narrow; - said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.
And rules as strict his labored work confine,
As if the Stagirite o'erlooked each line.
- Pope.
Soon moved with touch of blame, thus Eve: -
"What words have passed thy lips, Adam severe!"
- Milton.
The Strict Observance
(R. C. Ch.) See Observance.

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