What does the word strait mean?

Usage examples for strait

  1. It certainly bore much resemblance to the drawing in Lord Anson's voyage; our seeing a sea- lion when we entered this sound, in my former voyage, increaseth the probability; and I am of opinion, they have their abode on some of the rocks, which lie in the strait, or off Admiralty Bay. – A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World, Volume 1 by James Cook
  2. How long I cannot reckon, I slept in that strait bed; I woke and heard distinctly A knocking overhead. – Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine by Heinrich Heine
  3. How much, or how little, her father had disclosed concerning him to Sol she did not know; but the latter had evidently closed with the terms which she had in her late strait accepted on her own part. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn