Taut vs Strained - What's the difference?

taut | strained |

As adjectives the difference between taut and strained

is that taut is tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string while strained is forced through a strainer.

As a verb strained is




Alternative forms

* (Scotland)


  • Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
  • * 1883:
  • The hawser was as taut as a bowstring - so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
  • Experiencing stress or anxiety.
  • * 1989 Faye Kellerman, The Quality of Mercy
  • His outward appearance was calm, but inside he was very taut .
  • Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
  • * 2007 Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory and History
  • Quick action and dialogue create a taut story, although it is illustration that shapes the characters.

    Derived terms

    * tauten * tautly * tautness


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    (en adjective)
  • Forced through a strainer.
  • Babies don’t seem to like strained peas, even though the puree is easy for them to eat and digest.
  • Under tension; tense.
  • Ever since the fight our relation has been strained .


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