[syn: pass, head, straits]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Strait \Strait\, n.; pl. Straits. [OE. straight, streit, OF.
estreit, estroit. See Strait, a.]
1. A narrow pass or passage.
He brought him through a darksome narrow strait
To a broad gate all built of beaten gold. --Spenser.
Honor travels in a strait so narrow
Where one but goes abreast. --Shak.
2. Specifically: (Geog.) A (comparatively) narrow passageway
connecting two large bodies of water; -- often in the
plural; as, the strait, or straits, of Gibraltar; the
straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of Mackinaw.
We steered directly through a large outlet which
they call a strait, though it be fifteen miles
broad. --De Foe.
3. A neck of land; an isthmus. [R.]
A dark strait of barren land. --Tennyson.
4. Fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt;
distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in
the plural; as, reduced to great straits.
For I am in a strait betwixt two. --Phil. i. 23.
Let no man, who owns a Providence, grow desperate
under any calamity or strait whatsoever. --South.
Ulysses made use of the pretense of natural
infirmity to conceal the straits he was in at that
time in his thoughts. --Broome.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs [syn:
pass, strait, straits]
2: a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a
head yesterday" [syn: pass, head, straits]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
87 Moby Thesaurus words for "straits":
arm, armlet, bay, bayou, belt, bight, bind, boca, broken fortune,
clutch, complication, cove, creek, crunch, difficulties, distress,
embarrassing position, embarrassment, estuary, euripus,
fine how-do-you-do, fjord, frith, genteel poverty, gulf, gut,
harbor, hard pinch, hardship, hell to pay, hobble, hot water,
how-do-you-do, imbroglio, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, inlet,
insolvency, jam, kyle, light purse, loch, mess, mix, morass, mouth,
narrow, narrow means, narrow seas, narrows, natural harbor,
parlous straits, pass, pickle, pinch, plight, poorness, poverty,
predicament, pretty pass, pretty pickle, pretty predicament,
quagmire, quicksand, reach, road, roads, roadstead, scrape,
slender means, slough, sound, spot, squeeze, stew, sticky wicket,
strait, straitened circumstances, swamp, tight spot, tight squeeze,
tightrope, tricky spot, unholy mess, unprosperousness,
voluntary poverty, vows of poverty