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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Strait a. [Compar. Straiter superl. Straitest.]
 1. Narrow; not broad.
    Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.   --Matt. vii. 14.
    Too strait and low our cottage doors.   --Emerson.
 2. Tight; close; closely fitting.
 3. Close; intimate; near; familiar. [Obs.] “A strait degree of favor.”
 4. Strict; scrupulous; rigorous.
    Some certain edicts and some strait decrees.   --Shak.
    The straitest sect of our religion.   --Acts xxvi. 5 (Rev. Ver.).
 5. Difficult; distressful; straited.
    To make your strait circumstances yet straiter.   --Secker.
 6. Parsimonious; niggargly; mean. [Obs.]
 I beg cold comfort, and you are so strait,
 And so ingrateful, you deny me that.   --Shak.