1. present participle of strain#English|strain

straining (plural strainings)

  1. The act by which one strains. (muscles, etc)
    • sundry violent gaspings and strainings
  2. filtering, the process of passing something through a strainer.
    • 1931, John de Boer, The Theory of Knowledge of the Cambridge Platonists (page 64)
      Then after that process which Culverwel describes as so many strainings, refinings, and clarifyings, the mind is prepared for a true insight into the real nature of the world by way of intuition.

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