2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Constrain \Con*strain"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Constrained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Constraining}.] [OF. constraindre, F. contrainde, L. constringere; con- + stringere to draw tight. See {Strain}, and. cf. {Constrict}, {Constringe}.]

1. To secure by bonds; to chain; to bond or confine; to hold tightly; to constringe.

He binds in chains The drowsy prophet, and his limbs constrains. --Dryden.

When winter frosts constrain the fields with cold. --Dryden.

2. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress.

How the strait stays the slender waist constrain. --Gay.

3. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress.

My sire in caves constrains the winds. --Dryden.

4. To compel; to force; to necessitate; to oblige.

The love of Christ constraineth us. --2. Cor. v. 14.

I was constrained to appeal unto C[ae]sar. --Acts xxviii. 19.

5. To violate; to ravish. [Obs.] --Shak.

6. To produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effect; as, a constrained voice.

Syn: To compel; force; drive; impel; urge; press.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: hold back [syn: {restrain}, {encumber}, {cumber}, {constrain}]

2: restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations" [syn: {stiffen}, {tighten}, {tighten up}, {constrain}]

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