Strait"en (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Straitened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Straitening.]

1.

To make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to confine.

Waters, when straitened, as at the falls of bridges, give a roaring noise. Bacon.

In narrow circuit, straitened by a foe. Milton.

2.

To make tense, or tight; to tighten.

They straiten at each end the cord. Pope.

3.

To restrict; to distress or embarrass in respect of means or conditions of life; -- used chiefly in the past participle; -- as, a man straitened in his circumstances.

 

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