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strait

 
 
pronunciation:
streIt
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a narrow body of water between two larger bodies.
To prevent collision, ships moving through the strait in opposite directions use different lanes.
synonyms:
narrows
definition 2: (usually plural) a condition or position of trouble or distress.
She lost her job and is in difficult straits.
synonyms:
corner, predicament
derivations: straitly (adv.), straitness (n.)
Homophone Note
The words strait and straight (not bending) sound alike but have different meanings.