|a. a narrow channel of the sea linking two larger areas of sea|
|b. (capital as part of a name): the Strait of Gibraltar|
|2.||(often plural) a position of acute difficulty (often in the phrase in direordesperate straits)|
|3.||archaic a narrow place or passage|
|4.||(of spaces, etc) affording little room|
|5.||(of circumstances, etc) limiting or difficult|
|6.||severe, strict, or scrupulous|
|[C13: from Old French estreit narrow, from Latin strictus constricted, from stringere to bind tightly]|
A narrow passage, such as the upper or lower opening of the pelvic canal.
|strait (strāt) Pronunciation Key
A narrow waterway joining two larger bodies of water. The Strait of Gibraltar, for example, connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.