stretch Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a large and unbroken expanse or distance
- a stretch of highway
- a stretch of clear water
noun the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
noun a straightaway section of a racetrack
noun exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
noun extension to or beyond the ordinary limit
- running at full stretch
- by no stretch of the imagination
- beyond any stretch of his understanding
noun an unbroken period of time during which you do something
- there were stretches of boredom
- he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary
noun the capacity for being stretched
verb occupy a large, elongated area
- The park stretched beneath the train line
verb extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
- Stretch your legs!
- Extend your right arm above your head
verb extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
extend; stretch out; unfold.
- Unfold the newspaper
- stretch out that piece of cloth
- extend the TV antenna
verb become longer by being stretched and pulled
- The fabric stretches
verb make long or longer by pulling and stretching
- stretch the fabric
verb lie down comfortably
- To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass
verb pull in opposite directions
- During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack
verb extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
- Stretch the limits
- stretch my patience
- stretch the imagination
verb corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
load; dilute; debase; adulterate.
- adulterate liquor
verb 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
verb extend one's body or limbs
- Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours
adjective satellite having an elongated seating area
- a stretch limousine
adjective satellite easily stretched
- stretch hosiery
Stretch transitive verb
To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
And stretch forth his neck long and small. Chaucer.
I in conquest stretched mine arm. Shak.
To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to. stretcha cord or rope
To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to. stretchcloth; to stretchthe wings
To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain. Shak.
To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to. stretcha tendon or muscle
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve. Doddridge.
To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to. stretchthe truth; to stretchone's credit
They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative. Burke.
Stretch intransitive verb
To be extended; to be drawn out in length or in breadth, or both; to spread; to reach; as, the iron road. stretchesacross the continent; the lake stretchesover fifty square miles
As far as stretcheth any ground. Gower.
To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and. stretches
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.
To strain the truth; to exaggerate;Obs. or Colloq. as, a man apt to. stretchin his report of facts
(Naut.) To sail by the wind under press of canvas;Ham. Nav. Encyc. as, the ship. stretchedto the eastward
Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a. stretchof the limbs; a stretchof 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.
A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy. stretchesof land
A great stretch of cultivated country. W. Black.
But all of them left me a week at a stretch. E. Eggleston.
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.
(Naut.) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
Course; direction; as, the. stretchof seams of coal