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stretch
WordNet 2.0
  • the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
  • extension to or beyond the ordinary limit
  • "running at full stretch"
  • "by no stretch of the imagination"
  • "beyond any stretch of his understanding"
  • exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
  • a straightaway section of a racetrack
  • the capacity for being stretched
  • a large and unbroken expanse or distance
  • "a stretch of highway"
  • "a stretch of clear water"
  • an unbroken period of time during which you do something
  • "there were stretches of boredom"
  • "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
  • extend one''s limbs or muscles, or the entire body
  • "Stretch your legs!"
  • "Extend your right arm above your head"
  • extend one''s body or limbs
  • "Let''s stretch for a minute--we''ve been sitting here for over 3 hours"
  • increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
  • "stretch the soup by adding some more cream"
  • "extend the casserole with a little rice"
  • become longer by being stretched and pulled
  • "The fabric stretches"
  • make long or longer by pulling and stretching
  • "stretch the fabric"
  • corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
  • often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
  • "adulterate liquor"
  • extend the scope or meaning of
  • often unduly
  • "Stretch the limits"
  • "stretch my patience"
  • "stretch the imagination"
  • pull in opposite directions
  • "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
  • lie down comfortably
  • "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
  • extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
  • "Unfold the newspaper"
  • "stretch out that piece of cloth"
  • "extend the TV antenna"
  • occupy a large, elongated area
  • "The park stretched beneath the train line"
  • easily stretched
  • "stretch hosiery"
stretch
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.

    "And stretch forth his neck long and small." -- Chaucer.

    "I in conquest stretched mine arm." -- Shak.

    2. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.

    3. To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.

    4. To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.

    "The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain." -- Shak.

    5. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.

    "Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve." -- Doddridge.

    6. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit.

    "They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative." -- Burke.

  • 1. To be extended; to be drawn out in length or in breadth, or both; to spread; to reach; as, the iron road stretches across the continent; the lake stretches over fifty square miles.

    "As far as stretcheth any ground." -- Gower.

    2. To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches.

    3. To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances.

    "The inner membrane . . . because it would stretch and yield, remained umbroken." -- Boyle.

    4. To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts. [Obs. or Colloq.]

    5. (Naut.) To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

    Stretch out
    an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.

  • 1. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination.

    "By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain." -- Dryden.

    "Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative." -- L'Estrange.

    2. A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land.

    "A great stretch of cultivated country." -- W. Black.

    "But all of them left me a week at a stretch." -- E. Eggleston.

    3. The extent to which anything may be stretched.

    "Quotations, in their utmost stretch, can signify no more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of mind." -- Atterbury.

    "This is the utmost stretch that nature can." -- Granville.

    4. (Naut.) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.

    5. Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.

    To be on the stretch
    to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.

    Home stretch
    See under Home, a.

 

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