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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Strict \Strict\, a. [Compar. Stricter; superl. Strictest.] [L. strictus, p. p. of stringere to draw or bind tight, to strain. See Strain, and cf. Strait, a.] 1. Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber. [1913 Webster] 3. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention. --Shak. [1913 Webster] It shall be still in strictest measure. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath. "Through the strict senteries." --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense. [1913 Webster] 6. (Bot.) Upright, or straight and narrow; -- said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters. [1913 Webster] Syn: Exact; accurate; nice; close; rigorous; severe. Usage: Strict, Severe. Strict, applied to a person, denotes that he conforms in his motives and acts to a principle or code by which he is bound; severe is strict with an implication often, but not always, of harshness. Strict is opposed to lax; severe is opposed to gentle. [1913 Webster] And rules as strict his labored work confine, As if the Stagirite o'erlooked each line. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Soon moved with touch of blame, thus Eve: "What words have passed thy lips, Adam severe!" --Milton. [1913 Webster] The Strict Observance, or Friars of the Strict Observance. (R. C. Ch.) See Observance. [1913 Webster]