Reach

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reach \Reach\, noun An effort to vomit. [R.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reach \Reach\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Reached} (r[=e]cht) ({Raught}, the old preterit, is obsolete); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reaching}.] [OE. rechen, AS. r[=ae]can, r[=ae]cean, to extend, stretch out; akin to D. reiken, G. reichen, and possibly to AS. r[imac]ce powerful, rich, E. rich. [root]115.]

1. To extend; to stretch; to thrust out; to put forth, as a limb, a member, something held, or the like.

Her tresses yellow, and long straughten, Unto her heeles down they raughten. --Rom. of R.

Reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side. --John xx. 27.

Fruit trees, over woody, reached too far Their pampered boughs. --Milton.

2. Hence, to deliver by stretching out a member, especially the hand; to give with the hand; to pass to another; to hand over; as, to reach one a book.

He reached me a full cup. --2 Esd. xiv. 39.

3. To attain or obtain by stretching forth the hand; to extend some part of the body, or something held by one, so as to touch, strike, grasp, or the like; as, to reach an object with the hand, or with a spear.

O patron power, . . . thy present aid afford, Than I may reach the beast. --Dryden.

4. To strike, hit, or touch with a missile; as, to reach an object with an arrow, a bullet, or a shell.

5. Hence, to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate to; to pierce, or cut, as far as.

If these examples of grown men reach not the case of children, let them examine. --Locke.

6. To extend to; to stretch out as far as; to touch by virtue of extent; as, his land reaches the river.

Thy desire . . . leads to no excess That reaches blame. --Milton.

7. To arrive at; to come to; to get as far as.

Before this letter reaches your hands. --Pope.

8. To arrive at by effort of any kind; to attain to; to gain; to be advanced to.

The best account of the appearances of nature which human penetration can reach, comes short of its reality. --Cheyne.

9. To understand; to comprehend. [Obs.]

Do what, sir? I reach you not. --Beau. & Fl.

10. To overreach; to deceive. [Obs.] --South.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reach \Reach\ (r[=e]ch), verb (used without an object) To retch. --Cheyne.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reach \Reach\, noun

1. The act of stretching or extending; extension; power of reaching or touching with the person, or a limb, or something held or thrown; as, the fruit is beyond my reach; to be within reach of cannon shot.

2. The power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity.

Drawn by others who had deeper reaches than themselves to matters which they least intended. --Hayward.

Be sure yourself and your own reach to know. --Pope.

3. Extent; stretch; expanse; hence, application; influence; result; scope.

And on the left hand, hell, With long reach, interposed. --Milton.

I am to pray you not to strain my speech To grosser issues, nor to larger reach Than to suspicion. --Shak.

4. An extended portion of land or water; a stretch; a straight portion of a stream or river, as from one turn to another; a level stretch, as between locks in a canal; an arm of the sea extending up into the land. "The river's wooded reach." --Tennyson.

The coast . . . is very full of creeks and reaches. --Holland.

5. An artifice to obtain an advantage.

The Duke of Parma had particular reaches and ends of his own underhand to cross the design. --Bacon.

6. The pole or rod which connects the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reach \Reach\, verb (used without an object)

1. To stretch out the hand.

Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! --Milton.

2. To strain after something; to make efforts.

Reaching above our nature does no good. --Dryden.

3. To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something.

And behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. --Gen. xxviii. 12.

The new world reaches quite across the torrid zone. --Boyle.

4. (Naut.) To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam.

{To reach after} or {To reach for} or {To reach at}, to make efforts to attain to or obtain.

He would be in the posture of the mind reaching after a positive idea of infinity. --Locke.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retch \Retch\ (r[e^]ch or r[=e]ch; 277), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Retched} (r[e^]cht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Retching}.] [AS. hr[ae]can to clear the throat, hawk, fr. hraca throat; akin to G. rachen, and perhaps to E. rack neck.] To make an effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting. [Written also {reach}.]

Beloved Julia, hear me still beseeching! (Here he grew inarticulate with retching.) --Byron.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

reach

noun

1: the limits within which something can be effective; "range of motion"; "he was beyond the reach of their fire" [syn: {range}, {reach}]

2: an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power" [syn: {scope}, {range}, {reach}, {orbit}, {compass}, {ambit}]

3: the act of physically reaching or thrusting out [syn: {reach}, {reaching}, {stretch}]

4: the limit of capability; "within the compass of education" [syn: {compass}, {range}, {reach}, {grasp}]

verb

1: reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts" [syn: {reach}, {make}, {attain}, {hit}, {arrive at}, {gain}]

2: reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour" [syn: {reach}, {hit}, {attain}]

3: move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense; "Government reaches out to the people" [syn: {reach}, {reach out}]

4: be in or establish communication with; "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia" [syn: {reach}, {get through}, {get hold of}, {contact}]

5: to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks" [syn: {achieve}, {accomplish}, {attain}, {reach}]

6: to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall" [syn: {reach}, {extend to}, {touch}]

7: reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade" [syn: {reach}, {make}, {get to}, {progress to}]

8: place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers" [syn: {pass}, {hand}, {reach}, {pass on}, {turn over}, {give}]

9: to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear" [syn: {strive}, {reach}, {strain}]


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