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[strey-ner] /ˈstreɪ nər/
a person or thing that strains.
a filter, sieve, or the like for straining liquids.
a stretcher or tightener.
Origin of strainer
1300-50; Middle English; see strain1, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for strainer
  • 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 skins.
  • Pour the cooled liquid through a mesh strainer into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Put a fine-mesh strainer inside a bowl or balance a smaller strainer on the rim of a bowl.
  • Strain with a spider or other wide, shallow, wire-mesh strainer and reserve in freezer.
  • Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, and store refrigerated.
  • Place the spice a fine strainer and gently sift evenly over the chocolate.
  • If you are planning to use it for pasta, get one with a nesting strainer.
  • Put them in a fine strainer and rinse with cold water.
British Dictionary definitions for strainer


a sieve used for straining sauces, vegetables, tea, etc
a gauze or simple filter used to strain liquids
(Austral & NZ) a self-locking device or a tool for tightening fencing wire
(Austral & NZ) the main post in a wire fence, often diagonally braced
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Word Origin and History for strainer

early 14c., agent noun from strain (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for strainer


  1. (or adv) Honest; upright; straight arrow: They were straight-up, nice people/ doesn't believe the women's product can compete with men's volleyball, not straight up, not on the basis of skills or popularity (1910+)
  2. Of cocktails, served without ice cubes; neat (1975+)
  3. Of eggs, sunny side up

[straight-up-and-down in the first sense is found by 1903]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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