verb \ˈstrech\

: to make (something) wider or longer by pulling it

: to become longer or wider when pulled

: to put your arms, legs, etc., in positions that make the muscles long and tight

Full Definition of STRETCH

transitive verb
:  to extend (as one's limbs or body) in a reclining position
:  to reach out :  extend <stretched out her arms>
:  to extend in length <stretched his neck to see what was going on>
:  to fell with or as if with a blow
:  to cause the limbs of (a person) to be pulled especially in torture
:  to draw up (one's body) from a cramped, stooping, or relaxed position
:  to pull taut <canvas stretched on a frame>
a :  to enlarge or distend especially by force
b :  to extend or expand as if by physical force <stretch one's mind with a good book>
c :  strain <stretched his already thin patience>
:  to cause to reach or continue (as from one point to another or across a space) <stretch a wire between two posts>
a :  to amplify or enlarge beyond natural or proper limits <the rules can be stretched this once>
b :  to expand (as by improvisation) to fulfill a larger function <stretching a dollar>
:  to extend (a hit) to an extra base usually by fast or daring running <stretch a single into a double>
intransitive verb
a :  to become extended in length or breadth or both :  spread <broad plains stretching to the sea>
b :  to extend over a continuous period <the dynasty stretches back several centuries>
:  to become extended without breaking
a :  to extend one's body or limbs <stretched before jogging> <wanted to stretch out on the sofa>
b :  to lie down at full length
stretch·abil·i·ty \ˌstre-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
stretch·able \ˈstre-chə-bəl\ adjective
stretchy \-chē\ adjective
stretch a point
:  to go beyond what is strictly warranted in making a claim or concession
stretch one's legs
:  to extend the legs
:  to take a walk in order to relieve stiffness caused by prolonged sitting

Examples of STRETCH

  1. Don't yank on my sweater. You'll stretch it.
  2. The elastic waistband of my pants won't stretch any more.
  3. It's important to stretch before you exercise.
  4. The baby stretched and yawned.
  5. She woke up and stretched her arms above her head.
  6. She stretched over us to open the window.
  7. She stretched her hand toward him.
  8. She stretched the canvas over the wooden frame.
  9. The T-shirt was stretched tight over his belly.
  10. A big banner was stretched across the doorway.

Origin of STRETCH

Middle English strecchen, from Old English streccan; akin to Old High German strecchan to stretch, Old English stræc firm, severe
First Known Use: before 12th century



: a continuous area or length of land or water

: a continuous period of time

: a period of time spent in prison

Full Definition of STRETCH

a :  an exercise of something (as the understanding or the imagination) beyond ordinary or normal limits <their conclusion seemed like a bit of a stretch>
b :  an extension of the scope or application of something <a stretch of language>
:  the extent to which something may be stretched
a :  the act of stretching :  the state of being stretched <a good stretch for legs>
b :  the position of a pitcher standing sideways to home plate so as to keep a runner close to a base <pitching from the stretch>
a :  an extent in length or area <an open stretch of road>
b :  a continuous period of time <can write for eight hours at a stretch>
:  a walk to relieve fatigue
:  a term of imprisonment <served a 10-year stretch>
a :  either of the straight sides of a racecourse; especially :  homestretch
b :  a final stage (as of a contest or season) <won some crucial games down the stretch>
:  the capacity for being stretched :  elasticity <a waistband with lots of stretch>
:  a stretch limousine

Examples of STRETCH

  1. a 60-mile stretch of beach
  2. an open stretch of highway
  3. These are good stretches for your leg muscles.
  4. I always spend a few minutes doing stretches before I exercise.
  5. I can feel the stretch in the back of my legs.

First Known Use of STRETCH




: made to stretch easily and then return to the original shape and size

Full Definition of STRETCH

:  easily stretched :  elastic <a stretch wig>
:  longer than the standard size <a stretch limousine>

Examples of STRETCH

  1. <stretch fabrics that don't wrinkle or sag>

First Known Use of STRETCH



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