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Strait

Strait

WordNet



adjective


(1)   Strict and severe
"Strait is the gate"

noun


(2)   A narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
(3)   A bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
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English



Etymology


From , from (modern form ), from , past participle of . Doublet of .

Adjective



  1. narrow; restricted as to space or room; close
    • 1866, Algernon Swinburne, Aholibah, lines 53-55
      Sweet oil was poured out on thy head
      And ran down like cool rain between
      The strait close locks it melted in.
  2. righteous, strict
    To follow the strait and narrow

Noun


  1. A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.
    The Strait of Gibraltar
  2. A difficult position (often used in plural)
    To be in dire straits