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strait

1. 
a. a narrow channel of the sea linking two larger areas of sea
b. (capital as part of a name)
2. Archaic a narrow place or passage Archaic

Strait

 

a relatively narrow stretch of water separating land areas and connecting water basins or portions of water basins. In typical cases, straits have their own particular hydrologic regimes. This differentiates them from passes, usually in archipelagoes of small islands. The hydrologic regime of a strait is determined by the features of the water that pass through the strait and depends on the regimes of the bodies of water or parts of bodies of water that the strait connects and the length, width, and depth of the strait. The maximum dimensions of a strait are a length of approximately 1,670 km (Mozambique Channel), a width of 950 km (Drake Passage), and a depth of 5,840 m (Drake Passage).

strait

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(geography)
A neck of land.
A narrow waterway connecting two larger bodies of water.
References in classic literature ?
Under the influence of this injury (and perhaps of some little straitness and irregularity in the matter of wages), he had grown neglectful of his person and morose in mind; and now beholding in Clennam one of the degraded body of his oppressors, received him with ignominy.
By analogy, then, the gallery too became a miniature, within a vaster space, and here once again Hendeles's notes pointed somewhere I might not otherwise have arrived: to Jesus's parable of the wedding feast, which ends, "Many are called, but few are chosen," a sentence often read as describing the straitness of the gate that leads to heaven.
Hezekiah said, What is the meaning of the verse, 'Yea, He hath allured thee out of the mouth of straits into a broad place, where there is no straitness (and that which is set on thy table is full of fatness)' (Job 36:16).