- (archaic) Narrow; restricted as to space or room; close.
- too strait and low our cottage doors
- 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.
- 1900, Ernest Dowson, To One in Bedlam, lines 3-5
- Those scentless wisps of straw, that miserably line
- His strait, caged universe, whereat the dull world stares,
- Pedant and pitiful.
- (archaic) Righteous, strict.
- to follow the strait and narrow
- some certain edicts and some strait decrees
- Bible, Acts xxvi. 5 (Rev. Ver.)
- the straitest sect of our religion
- (obsolete) Tight; close; tight-fitting.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (obsolete) Close; intimate; near; familiar.
- Sir Philip Sidney
- a strait degree of favour
- Sir Philip Sidney
- (obsolete) Difficult; distressful; straited.
- to make your strait circumstances yet straiter
- (obsolete) Parsimonious; niggardly; mean.
- I beg cold comfort, and you are so strait, / And so ingrateful, you deny me that.
The adjective is often confused with straight.
strait (plural straits)
- (geography) A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.
- The Strait of Gibraltar
- De Foe
- We steered directly through a large outlet which they call a strait, though it be fifteen miles broad.
- A narrow pass or passage.
- He brought him through a darksome narrow strait / To a broad gate all built of beaten gold.
- Honour travels in a strait so narrow / Where one but goes abreast.
- A neck of land; an isthmus.
- a dark strait of barren land
- A difficult position (often used in plural).
- to be in dire straits
- Let no man, who owns a Providence, grow desperate under any calamity or strait whatsoever.
- Ulysses made use of the pretense of natural infirmity to conceal the straits he was in at that time in his thoughts.
narrow channel of water
a difficult position
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strait (third-person singular simple present straits, present participle straiting, simple past and past participle straited)