1. [syn: straiten, distress]
2. squeeze together;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Straiten \Strait"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Straitened; p. pr. &
vb. n. Straitening.]
1. To make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial
hardship [syn: straiten, distress]
2: squeeze together
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
81 Moby Thesaurus words for "straiten":
arrest, bottle up, bound, box in, box up, bridle, cabin, casket,
check, cloister, closet, coffin, condition, confine, constrain,
constrict, contain, contract, control, cool, cool off, copyright,
cramp, crib, curb, curtail, decelerate, diminish, discipline,
dompt, draw in, draw the line, encase, enjoin, entomb, go in,
govern, guard, hedge about, hinder, hold, hold at bay, hold back,
hold fast, hold in, hold in check, hold in leash, hold up, immure,
inhibit, keep, keep back, keep from, keep in, keep in check,
keep under control, lay under restraint, limit, moderate, narrow,
patent, prohibit, pull, pull in, qualify, register, rein, rein in,
restrain, restrict, retard, retrench, scant, set back, slow down,
snape, snub, specialize, stint, taper, withhold