1. [syn: confining, constraining, constrictive, limiting, restricting]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Constrain \Con*strain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Constrained; p.
pr. & vb. n. Constraining.] [OF. constraindre, F.
contrainde, L. constringere; con- + stringere to draw tight.
See Strain, and. cf. Constrict, Constringe.]
1. To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold
tightly; to constringe.
He binds in chains
The drowsy prophet, and his limbs constrains.
When winter frosts constrain the fields with cold.
2. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress.
How the strait stays the slender waist constrain.
3. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress.
My sire in caves constrains the winds. --Dryden.
4. To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige.
The love of Christ constraineth us. --2. Cor. v.
I was constrained to appeal unto C[ae]sar. --Acts
5. To violate; to ravish. [Obs.] --Shak.
6. To produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural
effect; as, a constrained voice.
Syn: To compel; force; drive; impel; urge; press.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: restricting the scope or freedom of action [syn:
confining, constraining, constrictive, limiting,