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stretch

4 definitions found

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

Stretch \Stretch\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Stretched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stretching}.] [OE. strecchen, AS. streccan; akin to D. strekken, G. strecken, OHG. strecchen, Sw. str[aum]cka, Dan. straekke; cf. AS. straeck, strec, strong, violent, G. strack straight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E. strong. Cf. {Straight}.]

1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.

And stretch forth his neck long and small. --Chaucer.

I in conquest stretched mine arm. --Shak.

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.

The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain. --Shak.

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.

They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative. --Burke.

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

Stretch \Stretch\, noun

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.

Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative. --L'Estrange.

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.

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.

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}, adjective

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

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

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.

As far as stretcheth any ground. --Gower.

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.

The inner membrane . . . because it would stretch and yield, remained umbroken. --Boyle.

4. To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts. [Obs. or Colloq.]

5. (Naut.) To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

{Stretch out}, an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.

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

stretch

adjective

1: having an elongated seating area; "a stretch limousine"

2: easily stretched; "stretch hosiery"

noun

1: a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"

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

3: a straightaway section of a racetrack

4: exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent [syn: {stretch}, {stretching}]

5: extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; "running at full stretch"; "by no stretch of the imagination"; "beyond any stretch of his understanding"

6: an unbroken period of time during which you do something; "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary" [syn: {stretch}, {stint}]

7: the capacity for being stretched [syn: {stretch}, {stretchiness}, {stretchability}]

verb

1: occupy a large, elongated area; "The park stretched beneath the train line" [syn: {stretch}, {stretch along}]

2: extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head" [syn: {stretch}, {extend}]

3: extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna" [syn: {unfold}, {stretch}, {stretch out}, {extend}]

4: become longer by being stretched and pulled; "The fabric stretches" [ant: {contract}, {shrink}]

5: make long or longer by pulling and stretching; "stretch the fabric" [syn: {elongate}, {stretch}]

6: lie down comfortably; "To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass" [syn: {stretch}, {stretch out}]

7: pull in opposite directions; "During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"

8: extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; "Stretch the limits"; "stretch my patience"; "stretch the imagination"

9: corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn: {load}, {adulterate}, {stretch}, {dilute}, {debase}]

10: 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" [syn: {extend}, {stretch}]

11: extend one's body or limbs; "Let's stretch for a minute-- we've been sitting here for over 3 hours" [syn: {stretch}, {stretch out}]

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