stretched Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb occupy a large, elongated area
    stretch; stretch along.
    • The park stretched beneath the train line
  2. verb extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    stretch; extend.
    • Stretch your legs!
    • Extend your right arm above your head
  3. verb extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
    stretch; extend; stretch out; unfold.
    • Unfold the newspaper
    • stretch out that piece of cloth
    • extend the TV antenna
  4. verb become longer by being stretched and pulled
    • The fabric stretches
  5. verb make long or longer by pulling and stretching
    stretch; elongate.
    • stretch the fabric
  6. verb lie down comfortably
    stretch; stretch out.
    • To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass
  7. verb pull in opposite directions
    • During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack
  8. verb extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
    • Stretch the limits
    • stretch my patience
    • stretch the imagination
  9. verb corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
    load; stretch; dilute; debase; adulterate.
    • adulterate liquor
  10. verb increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
    stretch; extend.
    • stretch the soup by adding some more cream
    • extend the casserole with a little rice
  11. verb extend one's body or limbs
    stretch; stretch out.
    • Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours
  12. adjective satellite (of muscles) relieved of stiffness by stretching
    • well-stretched muscles are less susceptible to injury
  13. adjective satellite extended or spread over a wide area or distance
    • broad fields lay stretched on both sides of us