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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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 
  Waters,  when  straitened,  as  at  the  falls  of  bridges, 
  give  a  roaring  noise.  --Bacon. 
  In  narrow  circuit,  straitened  by  a  foe.  --Milton. 
  2.  To  make  tense,  or  tight;  to  tighten. 
  They  straiten  at  each  end  the  cord.  --Pope. 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  :  squeeze  together 

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