a person or thing that strains.
a filter, sieve, or the like for straining liquids.
a stretcher or tightener.

1300–50; Middle English; see strain1, -er1 Unabridged
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strainer (ˈstreɪnə)
1.  a sieve used for straining sauces, vegetables, tea, etc
2.  a gauze or simple filter used to strain liquids
3.  (Austral), (NZ) a self-locking device or a tool for tightening fencing wire
4.  (Austral), (NZ) the main post in a wire fence, often diagonally braced

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Example sentences
Place the rice in a mesh strainer and rinse under cool water.
To make topping, combine confectioners' sugar and cinnamon and dust cakes using
  topping through a fine mesh strainer.
Mash mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or a food mill into a bowl to remove
Pour the cooled liquid through a mesh strainer into a medium mixing bowl.
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