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
Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
Experiencing stress or anxiety.
* 1989 Faye Kellerman, The Quality of Mercy
- The hawser was as taut as a bowstring - so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
* 2007 Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory and History
- His outward appearance was calm, but inside he was very taut .
- Quick action and dialogue create a taut story, although it is illustration that shapes the characters.
Forced through a strainer.
Under tension; tense.
- Babies don’t seem to like strained peas, even though the puree is easy for them to eat and digest.
- Ever since the fight our relation has been strained .