1. scientifically detached; unemotional

    Examples :
    • he spoke in the clipped clinical monotones typical of police testimony
  2. relating to a clinic or conducted in or as if in a clinic and depending on direct observation of patients

    Examples :
    • clinical observation
    • clinical case study


  1. cause to assemble or enlist in the military

    Synonyms : levy, raise
    Type Of : draft, enlist, muster in
    Examples :
    • recruit new soldiers
  2. register formally as a participant or member

    Synonyms : enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe
    Type Of : register
    Examples :
    • The party recruited many new members
  3. a recently enlisted soldier

    Synonyms : military recruit
    Type Of : enlisted man
  4. any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)

    Synonyms : enlistee
    Type Of : newcomer, entrant, starter, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newbie
  5. seek to employ

    Type Of : enlist, engage
    Examples :
    • The lab director recruited an able crew of assistants


  1. nonelective government officials

    Synonyms : bureaucratism
    Type Of : government officials, officialdom
  2. a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials

    Type Of : authorities, government, regime
  3. any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape

    Type Of : organisation, organization


  1. the early stage of growth or development

    Synonyms : babyhood, early childhood
    Type Of : time of life
  2. the earliest state of immaturity

    Synonyms : babyhood
    Type Of : immatureness, immaturity


  1. an intense or violent exertion

    Synonyms : straining
    Type Of : elbow grease, travail, sweat, exertion, effort
  2. difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

    Synonyms : stress
    Type Of : difficulty
    Examples :
    • she endured the stresses and strains of life
  3. cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

    Synonyms : tense, tense up
    Antonyms : unstrain
    Type Of : affect
  4. test the limits of

    Synonyms : stress, try
    Type Of : afflict
  5. become stretched or tense or taut

    Synonyms : tense
    Type Of : tighten
    Examples :
    • the rope strained when the weight was attached
  6. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    Synonyms : air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune
    Type Of : music
  7. the act of singing

    Synonyms : song
    Type Of : vocal music
  8. remove by passing through a filter

    Synonyms : filter, filter out, filtrate, separate out
    Type Of : separate
  9. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

    Synonyms : sieve, sift
    Type Of : separate
  10. use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity

    Synonyms : extend
    Type Of : use, utilise, employ, apply, utilize
    Examples :
    • Don't strain your mind too much
  11. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

    Synonyms : form, var., variant
    Type Of : taxonomic group, taxon, taxonomic category
    Examples :
    • a new strain of microorganisms
  12. a special variety of domesticated animals within a species

    Synonyms : breed, stock
    Type Of : variety, animal group
    Examples :
    • he created a new strain of sheep
  13. the general meaning or substance of an utterance

    Synonyms : tenor
    Type Of : meaning, substance
  14. to exert much effort or energy

    Synonyms : reach, strive
    Type Of : drive, tug, labour, push, labor
    Examples :
    • straining our ears to hear
  15. an effortful attempt to attain a goal

    Synonyms : nisus, pains, striving
    Type Of : try, endeavour, attempt, effort, endeavor
  16. rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

    Synonyms : puree
    Type Of : rub
  17. alter the shape of (something) by stress

    Synonyms : deform, distort
    Type Of : form, shape
  18. (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress

    Synonyms : mental strain, nervous strain
    Type Of : nerves, nervousness
    Examples :
    • his responsibilities were a constant strain
    • the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him
  19. injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain

    Type Of : hurt, harm, injury, trauma
  20. (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces

    Type Of : deformation


  1. the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting

    Synonyms : falsification
    Type Of : knavery, dishonesty
  2. a false statement

    Synonyms : falsity, untruth
    Antonyms : truth
    Type Of : statement


  1. tall palm tree bearing coconuts as fruits; widely planted throughout the tropics

    Synonyms : coco, coco palm, cocoa palm, coconut palm, coconut tree, cocos nucifera
    Type Of : palm, palm tree
  2. large hard-shelled oval nut with a fibrous husk containing thick white meat surrounding a central cavity filled (when fresh) with fluid or milk

    Synonyms : cocoanut
    Type Of : edible nut
  3. the edible white meat of a coconut; often shredded for use in e.g. cakes and curries

    Synonyms : coconut meat
    Type Of : solid food, food


  1. decorated with applied ornamentation; often used in combination

    Examples :
    • the trim brass-mounted carbine of the ranger
  2. assembled for use; especially by being attached to a support


  1. the modern Greek vernacular

    Synonyms : romaic
    Type Of : modern greek, new greek
  2. a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script

    Synonyms : demotic script
    Type Of : hieratic, hieratic script
  3. of or for the common people

    Examples :
    • demotic entertainments
    • demotic speech
    • a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms
  4. of or written in or belonging to the form of modern Greek based on colloquial use


  1. corresponding in character or kind

    Synonyms : congruent
    Antonyms : incongruous
  2. suitable or appropriate together