KJV Dictionary Definition: straiten
1. To make narrow.
In narrow circuit, straitend by a foe.
2. To contract; to confine; as, to straiten the British commerce.
3. To make tense or tight; as, to straiten a cord.
4. To distress; to perplex; to press with poverty or other necessity; as, a man straitened in his circumstances.
5. To press by want of sufficient room.
Waters when straitened, as at the falls of bridges, give a roaring noise.