Straiten Strait"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Straitened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Straitening}.] 1. To make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to confine. [1913 Webster]

Waters, when straitened, as at the falls of bridges, give a roaring noise. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

In narrow circuit, straitened by a foe. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To make tense, or tight; to tighten. [1913 Webster]

They straiten at each end the cord. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. To restrict; to distress or embarrass in respect of means or conditions of life; -- used chiefly in the past participle; -- as, a man straitened in his circumstances. [1913 Webster]

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