Constrain en

Constrain meaning

A constraint is something that plays the part of a physical, social or financial restriction. It is a derived form of the intransitive verb form constrained.

Word: con·strain
Pronunciation of constrain: k&n-'strAn
Function of constrain: transitive verb
Origin of constrain: Middle English, from Middle French constraindre, from Latin constringere to constrict, constrain, from com- stringere to draw tight -- more at STRAIN
1 a : to force by imposed stricture, restriction, or limitation b : to restrict the motion of (a mechanical body) to a particular mode
2 : COMPRESS; also : to clasp tightly
3 : to secure by or as if by bonds : CONFINE; broadly : LIMIT
4 : to force or produce in an unnatural or strained manner <a constrained smile>
5 : to hold back by or as if by force <constraining my mind not to wander from the task -- Charles Dickens>
synonym see FORCE
- con·strained·ly /-'strA-n&d-lE, -'strAnd-lE/ adverb