adj. Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature. Narrow. Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath. Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense. (Bot.) Upright, or straight and narrow; - said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters. Exact; accurate; nice; close; rigorous; severe. - Strict, Severe. Strict, applied to a person, denotes that he conforms in his motives and acts to a principle or code by which he is bound; severe is strict with an implication often, but not always, of harshness. Strict is opposed to lax; severe is opposed to gentle. The Strict Observance, or Friars of the Strict Observance. (R. C. Ch.) See Observance.