Definitions of stretch

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

Usage examples for stretch

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. It had had to stretch just a little, no more. – His Family by Ernest Poole
  6. 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
  7. " Stretch out your neck better," said he. – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Okay, Mom, time to stretch your legs. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  12. Here across the table I stretch my arm. – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  13. And Joel gave a long stretch. – The Adventures of Joel Pepper by Margaret Sidney
  14. 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
  15. How could we cross that wide stretch of deep water? – Allan and the Holy Flower by H. Rider Haggard
  16. 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
  17. There was a stretch of road in front where nothing on earth could have given cover. – On Something by H. Belloc
  18. Well, stretch your ear once, young feller. – Torchy and Vee by Sewell Ford
  19. 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