Strait vs. Straight - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Strait

    A strait is a naturally formed, narrow, typically navigable waterway that connects two larger bodies of water. Most commonly it is a channel of water that lies between two land masses. Some straits are not navigable, for example because they are too shallow, or because of an unnavigable reef or archipelago.

Wiktionary

  • Strait (adjective)

    Narrow; restricted as to space or room; close.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Righteous, strict.

    "to follow the strait and narrow"

  • Strait (adjective)

    Tight; close; tight-fitting.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Close; intimate; near; familiar.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Difficult; distressful.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Parsimonious; stingy; mean.

  • Strait (noun)

    A narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.

    "The Strait of Gibraltar"

  • Strait (noun)

    A narrow pass or passage.

  • Strait (noun)

    A neck of land; an isthmus.

  • Strait (noun)

    A difficult position (often used in plural).

    "to be in dire straits"

  • Strait (verb)

    To confine; put to difficulties.

  • Strait (adverb)

    Strictly; rigorously.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length. from 14thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Of a path, trajectory, etc.: direct, undeviating. from 15thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Perfectly horizontal or vertical; not diagonal or oblique. from 17thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Stretched out; fully extended. 15th-16thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Strait; narrow.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Free from dishonesty; honest, law-abiding. from 16th c.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Direct in communication; unevasive, straightforward. from 19thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    In a row, in unbroken sequence; consecutive. from 19thc.

    "After four straight wins, Mudchester United are top of the league."

  • Straight (adjective)

    In proper order; as it should be. from 19thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Of spirits: undiluted, unmixed; neat. from 19thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Describing the bat as held so as not to incline to either side; on, or near a line running between the two wickets. from 19thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Describing the sets in a match of which the winner did not lose a single set. from 19thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Making no exceptions or deviations in one's support of the organization and candidates of a political party.

    "a straight Republican;"

    "a straight Democrat"

  • Straight (adjective)

    Containing the names of all the regularly nominated candidates of a party and no others.

    "a straight ballot"

  • Straight (adjective)

    Conventional, mainstream, socially acceptable. from 20thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Not plus size; thin.

    "the shirts only come in straight sizes, not in plus sizes; shopping at a straight-sized store"

  • Straight (adjective)

    Not using alcohol, drugs, etc. from 20thc.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Heterosexual.

  • Straight (adjective)

    concerning the property allowing the parallel-transport of vectors along a course that keeps tangent vectors remain tangent vectors throughout that course a course which is straight, a straight curve, is a geodesic

  • Straight (adverb)

    Of a direction relative to the subject, precisely; as if following a direct line.

    "The door will be straight ahead of you."

    "Go straight back."

  • Straight (adverb)

    Directly; without pause, delay or detour.

    "On arriving at work, he went straight to his office."

  • Straight (adverb)

    Continuously; without interruption or pause.

    "He claims he can hold his breath for three minutes straight."

  • Straight (noun)

    Something that is not crooked or bent such as a part of a road or track.

  • Straight (noun)

    Five cards in sequence.

  • Straight (noun)

    A heterosexual.

    "My friends call straights "heteros"."

  • Straight (noun)

    A normal person; someone in mainstream society.

  • Straight (noun)

    A straighter. from 20th c.

  • Straight (verb)

    To straighten.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Straight (adjective)

    extending or moving uniformly in one direction only; without a curve or bend

    "a long, straight road"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of hair) not curly or wavy.

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of a garment) not flared or fitted closely to the body

    "a straight skirt"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of an aim, blow, or course) going direct to the intended target

    "a straight punch to the face"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of a line) lying on the shortest path between any two of its points.

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of an arch) flat-topped.

  • Straight (adjective)

    properly positioned so as to be level, upright, or symmetrical

    "he made sure his tie was straight"

  • Straight (adjective)

    in proper order or condition

    "it'll take a long time to get the place straight"

  • Straight (adjective)

    not evasive; honest

    "thank you for being straight with me"

    "a straight answer"

  • Straight (adjective)

    simple; straightforward

    "a straight choice between nuclear power and penury"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of a look) bold and steady

    "he gave her a straight, no-nonsense look"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of thinking) clear, logical, and unemotional.

  • Straight (adjective)

    in continuous succession

    "he scored his fourth straight win"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of an alcoholic drink) undiluted; neat

    "straight brandy"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (especially of drama) serious as opposed to comic or musical

    "a straight play"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of a person) conventional or respectable

    "she looked pretty straight in her school clothes"

  • Straight (adjective)

    heterosexual.

  • Straight (adverb)

    in a straight line; directly

    "keep straight on"

    "he was gazing straight at her"

  • Straight (adverb)

    with no delay or diversion; directly or immediately

    "I fell into bed and went straight to sleep"

    "after dinner we went straight back to our hotel"

  • Straight (adverb)

    at once; immediately

    "I'll fetch up the bath to you straight"

  • Straight (adverb)

    in or into a level, even, or upright position

    "sit up straight!"

    "he pulled his clothes straight"

  • Straight (adverb)

    correctly; clearly

    "I'm so tired I can hardly think straight"

  • Straight (adverb)

    honestly and directly; in a straightforward manner

    "I told her straight—the kid's right"

  • Straight (adverb)

    without a break; continuously

    "he remembered working sixteen hours straight"

  • Straight (noun)

    a part of something that is not curved or bent, especially a straight section of a racecourse

    "he pulled away in the straight to win by half a second"

  • Straight (noun)

    a form or position that is not curved or bent

    "the rod flew back to the straight"

  • Straight (noun)

    (in poker) a continuous sequence of five cards.

  • Straight (noun)

    a conventional person.

  • Straight (noun)

    a heterosexual person.

  • Straight (noun)

    (in township slang) a 750 ml bottle of alcoholic drink.

Webster Dictionary

  • Strait (adjective)

    A variant of Straight.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Narrow; not broad.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Tight; close; closely fitting.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Close; intimate; near; familiar.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Strict; scrupulous; rigorous.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Difficult; distressful; straited.

  • Strait (adjective)

    Parsimonious; niggargly; mean.

  • Strait (adverb)

    Strictly; rigorously.

  • Strait (noun)

    A narrow pass or passage.

  • Strait (noun)

    A (comparatively) narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water; - often in the plural; as, the strait, or straits, of Gibraltar; the straits of Magellan; the strait, or straits, of Mackinaw.

  • Strait (noun)

    A neck of land; an isthmus.

  • Strait (noun)

    Fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt; distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; - sometimes in the plural; as, reduced to great straits.

  • Strait

    To put to difficulties.

  • Straight (adjective)

    A variant of Strait, a.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Right, in a mathematical sense; passing from one point to another by the nearest course; direct; not deviating or crooked; as, a straight line or course; a straight piece of timber.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Approximately straight; not much curved; as, straight ribs are such as pass from the base of a leaf to the apex, with a small curve.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Composed of cards which constitute a regular sequence, as the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten-spot; as, a straight hand; a straight flush.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Conforming to justice and rectitude; not deviating from truth or fairness; upright; as, straight dealing.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Unmixed; undiluted; as, to take liquor straight.

  • Straight (adjective)

    Making no exceptions or deviations in one's support of the organization and candidates of a political party; as, a straight Republican; a straight Democrat; also, containing the names of all the regularly nominated candidates of a party and no others; as, a straight ballot.

  • Straight (adverb)

    In a straight manner; directly; rightly; forthwith; immediately; as, the arrow went straight to the mark.

  • Straight (noun)

    A hand of five cards in consecutive order as to value; a sequence. When they are of one suit, it is calles straight flush.

  • Straight

    To straighten.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Strait (noun)

    a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water

  • Strait (noun)

    a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

  • Strait (adjective)

    strict and severe;

    "strait is the gate"

  • Straight (noun)

    a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex

  • Straight (noun)

    a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)

  • Straight (noun)

    a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse

  • Straight (adjective)

    successive (without a break);

    "sick for five straight days"

  • Straight (adjective)

    having no deviations;

    "straight lines"

    "straight roads across the desert"

    "straight teeth"

    "straight shoulders"

  • Straight (adjective)

    (of hair) having no waves or curls;

    "her naturally straight hair hung long and silky"

  • Straight (adjective)

    erect in posture;

    "behind him sat old man Arthur; he was straight with something angry in his attitude"

    "stood defiantly with unbowed back"

  • Straight (adjective)

    right; in keeping with the facts;

    "set the record straight"

    "made sure the facts were straight in the report"

  • Straight (adjective)

    honest and morally upright;

    "I just want a straight answer to the question"

    "straight dealing"

  • Straight (adjective)

    no longer coiled

  • Straight (adjective)

    without curves

  • Straight (adjective)

    neatly arranged; not disorderly;

    "the room is straight now"

  • Straight (adjective)

    characterized by honesty and fairness;

    "a square deal"

    "wanted to do the square thing"

  • Straight (adjective)

    not homosexual

  • Straight (adjective)

    accurately fitted; level;

    "the window frame isn't quite true"

  • Straight (adjective)

    without water;

    "took his whiskey neat"

  • Straight (adjective)

    reliable in matters of fact;

    "he was always straight with me"

  • Straight (adjective)

    following a correct or logical method;

    "straight reasoning"

  • Straight (adjective)

    rigidly conventional or old-fashioned

  • Straight (adverb)

    without deviation;

    "the path leads directly to the lake"

    "went direct to the office"

  • Straight (adverb)

    in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly;

    "he didn't answer directly"

    "told me straight out"

    "came out flat for less work and more pay"

  • Straight (adverb)

    in a straight line; in a direct course;

    "the road runs straight"

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