Definitions of stretch

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