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stretching Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun act of expanding by lengthening or widening
  2. noun exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
  3. verb occupy a large, elongated area
    stretch; stretch along.
    • The park stretched beneath the train line
  4. verb extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    stretch; extend.
    • Stretch your legs!
    • Extend your right arm above your head
  5. 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
  6. verb become longer by being stretched and pulled
    • The fabric stretches
  7. verb make long or longer by pulling and stretching
    stretch; elongate.
    • stretch the fabric
  8. verb lie down comfortably
    stretch; stretch out.
    • To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass
  9. verb pull in opposite directions
    • During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack
  10. verb extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
    • Stretch the limits
    • stretch my patience
    • stretch the imagination
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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

Stretch"ing adjective & noun
  1. from Stretch, v.

Webster 1913