|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) A narrow passageway connecting two larger bodies of water.
2. (superl.) Narrow; not broad.
3. (superl.) Tight; close; closely fitting.
4. (superl.) Close; intimate; near; familiar.
5. (superl.) Strict; scrupulous; rigorous.
6. (superl.) Difficult; distressful; straited.
7. (superl.) Parsimonious; niggardly; mean.
8. (adv.) Strictly; rigorously.
9. (n.) A narrow pass or passage.
10. (n.) 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.
11. (n.) A neck of land; an isthmus.
12. (a.) Fig.: A condition of narrowness or restriction; doubt; distress; difficulty; poverty; perplexity; -- sometimes in the plural; as, reduced to great straits.
13. (v. t.) To put to difficulties.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
STRAIT; STRAITEN; STRAITLY
strat, strat'-'-n, strat'-il: The word "strait" and its compounds are used in English Versions of the Bible in the literal sense of "narrow" (tsar, 2 Kings 6:1 Isaiah 49:20; mutsaq, Job 37:10; 'atsal, Ezekiel 42:6) and in the figurative sense of "strict" (shabha`, Exodus 13:19; caghar, Joshua 6:1; tsarar, "to be distressed," 2 Samuel 24:14 parallel; yatsar, Job 20:22; metsar, Lamentations 1:3). In Apocrypha the verb "straitened" occurs in Susanna verse 22. In the New Testament we have stenos (Matthew 7:13 f parallel, the Revised Version (British and American) "narrow"; polus, "much"; so the Revised Version (British and American) Mark 3:12; Mark 5:43; sunecho, "to urge," "hold together," Luke 12:50 Philippians 1:23). It occurs in its superlative form in Acts 26:5, "After the straitest (akribestatos, "most exact," "scrupulous") sect of our religion," i.e. "the most precise and rigorous in interpreting the Mosaic Law, and in observing the more minute precepts of the Law and of tradition" (Thayer, Lexicon, under the word; compare Acts 22:3).
See also STRAIGHT, STRAIGHTWAY.
M. O. Evans
Strait (14 Occurrences)
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (KJV WBS YLT)
Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. (KJV WBS)
Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: (KJV ASV WBS)
Numbers 22:26 and the messenger of Jehovah addeth to pass over, and standeth in a strait place where there is no way to turn aside -- right or left -- (YLT)
Joshua 19:47 And the border of the children of Dan went out beyond them; for the children of Dan went up and fought against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. (See JPS)
1 Samuel 13:6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were distressed), then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in coverts, and in pits. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
2 Samuel 24:14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
2 Kings 6:1 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. (KJV JPS ASV DBY YLT)
1 Chronicles 21:13 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Job 36:16 Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Proverbs 23:27 For a harlot 'is' a deep ditch, And a strange woman 'is' a strait pit. (YLT)
Isaiah 49:19 For, as for thy waste and thy desolate places, and thy land that hath been destroyed, surely now shalt thou be too strait for the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. (See JPS ASV DBY YLT)
Isaiah 49:20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. (KJV JPS ASV YLT)