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 for Straining piece
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Straining \Strain"ing\,
     a. & n. from Strain.
     [1913 Webster]
     Straining piece (Arch.), a short piece of timber in a
        truss, used to maintain the ends of struts or rafters, and
        keep them from slipping. See Illust. of Queen-post.
        [1913 Webster]

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