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Definitions of stretch

  1.   Act of stretching; extension; effort; reach; course.
  2.   pull in opposite directions; " During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"
  3.   To make tense; to tighten; to distend forcibly.
  4.   To reach out; to extend; to put forth.
  5.   To draw out to greater length; to spread; to expand; to strain beyond the truth.
  6.   The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one tack; a tack or board.
  7.   To extend; draw out; expand; reach out.
  8.   Extension in length or breadth; effort; utmost extent or reach; course; direction.
  9.   To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
  10.   To draw out; draw tight.
  11.   lie down comfortably; " To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass"
  12.   To extend or spread one's self, or one's limbs; as, the lazy man yawns and stretches.
  13.   A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time; as, grassy stretches of land.
  14.   Act of stretching: effort: struggle: reach: extension: state of being stretched: utmost extent of meaning: course.
  15.   An act of streching.
  16.   make long or longer by pulling and stretching; " stretch the fabric"
  17.   To be drawn out: to be extended: to extend without breaking.
  18.   extend one's body or limbs; " Let's stretch for a minute-- we've been sitting here for over 3 hours"
  19.   A continuous extent of space or of time.
  20.   To be extended, or to bear extension, without breaking, as elastic or ductile substances.
  21.   To strain the truth; to exaggerate; as, a man apt to stretch in his report of facts.
  22.   To be drawn out in length or in breadth; to be extended; to spread; to exaggerate; to sail.
  23.   extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly; " Stretch the limits"; " stretch my patience"; " stretch the imagination"
  24.   become longer by being stretched and pulled; " The fabric stretches"
  25.   The extent to which anything may be stretched.
  26.   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.
  27.   Spread; reach; as, the rope stretches across the street; to admit of being extended; as, that cloth stretches; to extend or spread the body or limbs.
  28.   extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; " Unfold the newspaper"; " stretch out that piece of cloth"; " extend the TV antenna"
  29.   the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
  30.   Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach; effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a stretch of the imagination.
  31.   easily stretched; " stretch hosiery"
  32.   Extension in length or breadth; reach; effort; strain; straining; utmost extent of meaning; utmost reach of power; tack; course; direction.
  33.   To extend: to draw out: to expand: to reach out: to exaggerate, strain, or carry further than is right.
  34.   Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.
  35.   a large and unbroken expanse or distance; " a stretch of highway"; " a stretch of clear water"
  36.   To sail by the wind under press of canvas; as, the ship stretched to the eastward.
  37.   an unbroken period of time during which you do something; " there were stretches of boredom"; " he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
  38.   extension to or beyond the ordinary limit; " running at full stretch"; " by no stretch of the imagination"; " beyond any stretch of his understanding"
  39.   To draw out to greater length; to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; to reach; to extend; to spread; to strain; to exaggerate.
  40.   To draw out to a greater length or width; as, to stretch rubber; hence, to draw tight; as, to stretch a tent; extend or reach out; as, to stretch out the arm; extend between two points; as, to stretch a rope across a street; strain; as, to stretch every nerve; exaggerate; as, to stretch the truth.
  41.   having an elongated seating area; " a stretch limousine"
  42.   extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; " Stretch your legs!"; " Extend your right arm above your head"
  43.   ( racing) a straightaway section of a racetrack
  44.   the capacity for being stretched
  45.   To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle.
  46.   The act of straining or extending; state of being strained or extended; effort; extension; overstrain; a continuous line, space, or time.
  47.   To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one's credit.
  48.   a straightaway section of a racetrack
  49.   corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; " adulterate liquor"
  50.   To be extended or expanded; reach.
  51.   To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
  52.   occupy a large, elongated area; " The park stretched beneath the train line"
  53.   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"
  54.   exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
  55.   To extend or be extended; spread; exaggerate.
  56.   Extent or reach of that which stretches.

Quotes of stretch

  1. I try to always stretch myself to fit the characters that have been presented. – Kathy Bates
  2. Be free all worthy spirits, and stretch yourselves, for greatness and for height. – George Chapman
  3. I would like to do a part that would stretch me. In America it seems to me that you just take your clothes off and that helps, but I wouldn't want to do that. – Courteney Cox
  4. By asking a novel question that you don't know the answer to, you discover whether you can formulate a way of finding the answer, and you stretch your own mind, and very often you learn something new. – Walter Gilbert
  5. They came and bound me up and I had awful stretch marks. I hated my breasts after that. – Christine Keeler
  6. I like good stories above all else... and kickin' art really goes the final stretch to ensure a comic is good. – Robert Kirkman
  7. I come from the New York theatre world, and I have a lot of gay male friends, so this friendship of Will and Grace's isn't such a stretch – Debra Messing
  8. Schools must stop being holding pens to keep energetic young people off the job market and off the streets. We stretch puberty out a long, long time. – Toni Morrison
  9. It's a slight stretch of the imagination but most people are alike in most ways so I've never had any trouble identifying with the character that I'm playing. – Jack Nicholson
  10. I think it would take a real stretch to think that I caused the problems with the economy. – Harry Reid
  11. Our country, the United States of America, may be the world's largest economy and the world's only superpower, but we stretch ourselves dangerously thin by taking on commitments like Iraq with only a motley band of allies to share the burden. – John Spratt
  12. I have a nervous breakdown in the film and in one scene I get to stand at the top of the stairs waving an empty sherry bottle which is, of course, a typical scene from my daily life, so isn't much of a stretch – Emma Thompson
  13. I don't happen to subscribe to the notion that everybody who criticizes Tom Daschle is criticizing Tim Johnson. I think that's a bit of a stretch – John Thune
  14. Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. – Lao Tzu
  15. Some people have a terrible stretch between family and work. It is a difficult thing to achieve. – Julie Walters

Usage examples for stretch

  1. There was a stretch of road in front where nothing on earth could have given cover. ” – On Something by H. Belloc
  2. It is idle to suppose that the General Government can stretch its hand directly into the pockets of the people, scattered over so vast a country. ” – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  3. Well done, well done, Gehazi, Stretch forth thy ready hand, Thou barely 'scaped from Judgment, Take oath to judge the land. ” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  4. “ I cannot by any stretch call my worthy aunt a lady; and my grandmother was too old, and too much an object of mysterious anxiety, to produce the impression, of a lady upon me. ” – Wilfrid Cumbermede by George MacDonald
  5. “ " Stretch out your neck better," said he. ” – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  6. How could we cross that wide stretch of deep water? ” – Allan and the Holy Flower by H. Rider Haggard
  7. Okay, Mom, time to stretch your legs. ” – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  8. Measure out seven feet on the earth, brother squire, and if that's not enough for you, take as many more, for you may have it all your own way and stretch yourself to your heart's content. ” – The History of Don Quixote, Volume II., Complete by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  9. Further to the right, in the same plane, stretch the divisions of the French army. ” – The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes by Thomas Hardy
  10. The road, for the last half mile, had been an up- hill one, and Keswick, as much to stretch his own legs as to save those of the horse, had alighted to walk, while Lawrence, as in duty bound, had waited for him at the gate. ” – The Late Mrs. Null by Frank Richard Stockton
  11. Here across the table I stretch my arm. ” – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  12. Lady Cork's memory seemed to me to stretch beyond the limits of what everybody had forgotten. ” – Records of a Girlhood by Frances Ann Kemble
  13. He talked to her more than he had done at a stretch for a long time, and made it so apparent how completely he calculated upon her as always his companion that Lady Markland's guilty soul was troubled within her. ” – A Country Gentleman and his Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  14. And Joel gave a long stretch – The Adventures of Joel Pepper by Margaret Sidney
  15. “ They'd get together in a corner of the reception room and whisper away for half an hour on a stretch – Torchy by Sewell Ford
  16. “ I was continually having to exchange my chaise for a boat, and one could not get a boat for nothing- for a good boat one had to pay with one's heart's blood, for one had to sit waiting on the bank for twenty- four hours at a stretch in the cold wind and the rain.... ” – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  17. Well, stretch your ear once, young feller. ” – Torchy and Vee by Sewell Ford
  18. Here was a woman who actually could resist him for ten minutes at a stretch him, George Fairfax! ” – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  19. It had had to stretch just a little, no more. ” – His Family by Ernest Poole

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