Definition of overstrain in English:


Pronunciation /ˌōvərˈstrān/ /ˌoʊvərˈstreɪn/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Subject to an excessive demand on strength, resources, or abilities.

    ‘there was a risk he might overstrain his heart’
    • ‘More committed to winning the war than to ruling Germany, he lent his prestige to a series of policies, including unrestricted submarine warfare, that overstrained Germany's resources and added the USA to an already long list of enemies.’
    • ‘These positivists notice overwhelming evidence to show that the leadership overstrained their resources in every way.’
    • ‘With the decline of the Roman empire, barbarian attacks impoverished and depopulated the frontier provinces, and laid a burden of defense on the empire which overstrained the administrative machinery and its economic resources.’
    • ‘Without overstraining themselves, they had learnt a lot about coordination and preparation, besides the effectiveness of teamwork when it came to handling challenging projects.’
    • ‘When feet pronate excessively, certain tissues are overstrained.’
    • ‘The addition of the SiC reinforcement probably overstrained the lattice, and thus the alloy no longer had sufficient strain energy remaining to gain its potential strength and ductility.’
    • ‘That's one agency that's really overstrained in terms of how much work they have to do and how much money they have to do it.’
    • ‘Usually, shared kitchen and lavatory facilities were overstrained and badly installed, causing serious problems to human and building health.’
    • ‘He overstrained his wounded arm, hissed in pain, and rubbed it.’
    • ‘I thought I had simply overstrained myself during an exercise and that it would go away after a few days.’
    • ‘States and localities, their economies soured and their budgets overstrained, are unable to maintain services for their neediest citizens.’
    • ‘Their resources destroyed, their water supply devastated, their hospitals bombed, overstrained and collapsing.’
    • ‘I'm sorry, but in cases like these, it's best not to have the patient overstrained.’
    • ‘This pregnancy could overstrain an already overstrained body and could put her remission in jeopardy.’
    • ‘Your strength will return - if you don't overstrain yourself.’
    • ‘Well, if you feel you have to… just watch out that you don't overstrain yourself.’
    • ‘I'll have keep my records brief so I don't overstrain my poor hand.’
    • ‘If they overstrain themselves, they make new enemies.’
    • ‘Longshoreman and other workers who must carry heavy loads, or who have their back bent for a long time can easily overstrain their backs.’
    • ‘On the fourth of the month, patients might change diets, increase alcohol consumption, refuse medicines, or overstrain themselves.’


  • The action or result of subjecting someone or something to overstrain.

    ‘overstrain had brought on tuberculosis’
    • ‘One should also add a part of the costs shouldered by the postwar generations in the form of diverse long-term adverse effects of wartime overstrain.’
    • ‘Their language isolation causes overstrain of the nervous system, which leads to various conflict situations.’
    • ‘Two principal factors are involved: intellectual overstrain and emotional stress.’
    • ‘So asthma is caused by exogenous factors, an improper diet, emotional injury or overstrain which strain the interior phlegm, causing it to rise and obstruct the bronchi.’
    • ‘Deaths from cold, malnutrition, and overstrain were common.’