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Stretch meaning

stretch - 23 dictionary results

  1. 1. a straightaway section of a racetrack
  2. 2. become longer by being stretched and pulled; " The fabric stretches"
  3. 3. extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; " Stretch the limits"; " stretch my patience"; " stretch the imagination"
  4. 4. pull in opposite directions; " During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
  5. 5. To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
  6. 6. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
  7. 7. To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
  8. 8. To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
  9. 9. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
  10. 10. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches.
  13. 13. To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances.
  14. 14. To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts.
  15. 15. To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward.
  16. 16. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination.
  17. 17. A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land.
  18. 18. The extent to which anything may be stretched.
  19. 19. The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
  20. 20. Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.
  21. 21. Act of stretching; extension; effort; reach; course.
  22. 22. To be extended or expanded; reach.
  23. 23. To extend; draw out; expand; reach out.

stretch - examples of usage

  1. Katharine asked, with a stretch of her arms. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Upon the one side the green meadows go down to the brook, upon the other the cornfields stretch away to the hills. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. It's decided to stretch a point in your favor. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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