Pronunciation: (strāt),[key] —n. 1. Often, straits.(used with a sing. v.) a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water.
2. Often, straits. a position of difficulty, distress, or need: Ill and penniless, he was in sad straits indeed. 3. Archaic.a narrow passage or area.
4. an isthmus.
—adj.Archaic. 1. narrow: Strait is the gate. 2. affording little space; confined in area.
3. strict, as in requirements or principles.