Synonyms for Straits:

n.

bodies of water (noun)
gulfs, pools, lakes, coves, reservoirs, Estuaries, oceans, tanks, inlets, dikes, Bays, wells, Bayous, lagoons, Ditches, puddles, sounds, ponds, fiords.
crises (noun)
climaxes, key points, last minutes, critical moments, predicaments, Exigencies, crucial points, Cruxes, Emergencies, Crises, turning points.
event (noun)
head, pass.
state (noun)
pass, strait.
straits (noun)
pass, head, strait.

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Other relevant words:
pass, head, strait.

Usage examples for straits

  1. In the interior we found that not only the plants and trees were suffering from the cold: the animal life was in even worse straits – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  2. The dyer of union fabrics, that is fabrics composed of wool and cotton, was formerly put to great straits to obtain uniform shades on the fabrics supplied to him owing to the difference in the affinity of the fibres for the dye- stuffs then known. – The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics by Franklin Beech