v. t.1.To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
[imp. & p. p. Stretched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stretching.]
And stretch forth his neck long and small.
- Chaucer.
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.
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.
v. i.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.
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.
4.To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts.
5.(Naut.) To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward.
Stretch out
an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.
n.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.
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.
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.
Noun1.stretch - a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
2.Stretchstretch - the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
Synonyms: reaching, reach
3.stretch - a straightaway section of a racetrack
4.stretch - exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
Synonyms: stretching
5.stretch - extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; "running at full stretch"; "by no stretch of the imagination"; "beyond any stretch of his understanding"
6.stretch - an unbroken period of time during which you do something; "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
Synonyms: stint
7.stretch - the capacity for being stretched
Verb1.stretch - occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath the train line"
Synonyms: stretch along
2.stretch - extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head"
Synonyms: extend
3.stretch - extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna"
4.stretch - become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric stretches"
contract, shrink - become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"
5.stretch - make long or longer by pulling and stretching; "stretch the fabric"
Synonyms: elongate
6.stretch - lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
Synonyms: stretch out
7.stretch - pull in opposite directions; "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
8.stretch - extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"
9.stretch - corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
10.stretch - 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"
Synonyms: extend
11.stretch - extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
Synonyms: stretch out
Adj.1.stretch - having an elongated seating area; "a stretch limousine"
2.stretch - easily stretched; "stretch hosiery"
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