stretch

verb
\ ˈstrech How to pronounce stretch (audio) \
stretched; stretching; stretches

Definition of stretch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to extend (one's limbs, one's body, etc.) in a reclining position
2 : to reach out : extend stretched out her arms
3 : to extend in length stretched his neck to see what was going on
4 : to fell with or as if with a blow
5 : to cause the limbs of (a person) to be pulled especially in torture
6 : to draw up (one's body) from a cramped, stooping, or relaxed position
7 : to pull taut canvas stretched on a frame
8a : 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
9 : to cause to reach or continue (as from one point to another or across a space) stretch a wire between two posts
10a : 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
11 : to extend (a hit) to an extra base usually by fast or daring running stretch a single into a double

intransitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to become extended without breaking
3a : 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 a point
: to go beyond what is strictly warranted in making a claim or concession
stretch one's legs
1 : to extend the legs
2 : to take a walk in order to relieve stiffness caused by prolonged sitting

stretch

noun

Definition of stretch (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : an exercise of something (such 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
2 : the extent to which something may be stretched
3a : 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
4a : 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
5 : a walk to relieve fatigue
6 : a term of imprisonment served a 10-year stretch
7a : 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
8 : the capacity for being stretched : elasticity a waistband with lots of stretch
9 : a stretch limousine

stretch

adjective

Definition of stretch (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : easily stretched : elastic a stretch wig
2 : longer than the standard size a stretch limousine

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Other Words from stretch

Verb

stretchability \ ˌstre-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce stretchability (audio) \ noun
stretchable \ ˈstre-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce stretchable (audio) \ adjective
stretchy \ ˈstre-​chē How to pronounce stretchy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of stretch in a Sentence

Verb Don't yank on my sweater. You'll stretch it. The elastic waistband of my pants won't stretch any more. It's important to stretch before you exercise. The baby stretched and yawned. She woke up and stretched her arms above her head. She stretched over us to open the window. She stretched her hand toward him. She stretched the canvas over the wooden frame. The T-shirt was stretched tight over his belly. A big banner was stretched across the doorway. Noun a 60-mile stretch of beach an open stretch of highway These are good stretches for your leg muscles. I always spend a few minutes doing stretches before I exercise. I can feel the stretch in the back of my legs. Adjective stretch fabrics that don't wrinkle or sag
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The report also warns that competition for child care may worsen as more parents return to work and that altered or limited school schedules in the fall may stretch the system further. Talia Soglin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Child care report warns state's day care network may be insufficient to support schools, reopening economy," 10 July 2020 Crisp route runner, with ability to quickly gain separation and stretch the field. oregonlive, "Xavier Worthy, speedy 4-star wide receiver, commits to Michigan over Oregon, others," 10 July 2020 Having two bigs who can stretch the floor could be challenging to defend. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "What experiments Phoenix Suns may try in NBA restart," 10 July 2020 While not all hotels are priced equally, some give you a lot more bang for your buck in terms of amenities, services provided, perks, in-room surprises, and the little (and big) things that make a property special — and stretch your dollar further. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "These Hotel Brands Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck," 8 July 2020 After hours, residents are invited to curl up with a good book in the library, stretch out in the yoga studio, maintain a healthy lifestyle in the fitness center, shoot pool with friends or explore their creativity in the arts lounge. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Building spotlight: Midtown welcomes Drewery Place," 4 July 2020 Pricing hews closer to that of Bacco than the old Pernoi, where a tasting menu for two with wine pairings and tip could easily stretch to $500 or more. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Super high-end Birmingham restaurant Pernoi rebrands as casual Italian joint," 12 June 2020 Sports opinion hacks enjoy athletes who can stretch the conversation. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto sees the world from a wider lens," 8 June 2020 Two miles might not sound like much in the context of the Bay Trail, which has been in the works since 1989 and will stretch more than 500 miles when complete. John King, SFChronicle.com, "New bayside trail in East Bay offers easy access — and refuge in troubled times," 8 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In that same stretch of time, TikTok has shared information on its servers and hired a former Disney executive as their new CEO. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Is TikTok Really Going To Get Banned In The United States?," 13 July 2020 That stretch of ocean holds some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘They can't compete’: US flexes bombers that can strike mainland China," 8 July 2020 While Doncic missed the first five games in that stretch, six of Porzingis’ nine double-doubles in that period came in contests where Doncic also scored at least 21 points. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "No stranger to a sudden layoff, Kristaps Porzingis raves about his health and says Mavs ‘can surprise people’," 3 July 2020 The project would also add merging lanes along that stretch of congested freeway and highway shoulders. oregonlive, "Community nonprofit, Portland-area elected officials say they no longer support I-5 Rose Quarter project," 1 July 2020 One of the ideas behind the design of the Oxbow office tower near The Pearl is to forge connections between the bustling development along that stretch of Broadway, the history of the area and the San Antonio River, which flows nearby. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Artist Diana Kersey’s new mural on Oxbow office tower on Broadway in San Antonio designed to turn heads," 26 June 2020 Already the winner of our rankings at No. 56, the Hall of Famer wore 86 for the final five years of his career, making two Pro Bowls over that stretch. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Dante Lavelli or Gary Collins - Who’s the best to wear No. 86? Ranking the best Browns to wear each jersey number: 86-90," 24 June 2020 An extra 380,000 visitors have jogged, biked, walked, fished and otherwise spent time at Presque Isle State Park from March through mid-June compared to that same stretch in 2019, according to Matt Greene, the park’s operations manager. Ron Leonardi, USA TODAY, "Summer’s arrival a balm for Erie County," 20 June 2020 Alabama’s new cases per capita over that stretch trailed only Arizona, which saw 13.9 new cases per 10,000 people. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Alabama sees nation’s second most new cases per capita in last 7 days," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Making his 20th series start, the 22-year-old Custer celebrated with a front stretch burnout as his crew happily ran to greet him. Fox News, "Rookie Cole Custer wins Kentucky NASCAR Cup Series race," 13 July 2020 The size-inclusive clothing brand launched lightweight jersey masks that are perfect for summer, stitched with stretch, double-lined, and complete with an inner-opening for filters. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Here’s Exactly Where to Buy Face Masks Online," 8 July 2020 Both of these styles are in a stretch linen fabric which is really amazing. Nandi Howard, Essence, "11 Honoré Drops 2nd Collection From Its Size Inclusive In House Label," 7 July 2020 Currently considered one of the Tigers’ top two prospects, with righty Matt Manning, Mize will have new company soon: Either Torkelson or Martin will lead the organization’s hitting prospects into the stretch run of their rebuild. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Al Avila won't tip hand on No. 1 overall draft pick," 9 June 2020 The Banner system is nearing 100 percent of its usual ICU capacity, Bessel said, but has a stretch-capacity plan that makes 25 percent more beds available for use. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Is the COVID-19 pandemic getting worse in Arizona? Here's what we know," 6 June 2020 Made from a polyester, spandex, and nylon breathable, stretch fabric, this long-sleeve shirt is ventilated to keep your dad cool, treated with Simms' Coolcore technology to keep unwanted heat out, and has a UPF 50 rating. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Outdoor Life Father’s Day Gift Guide," 1 June 2020 In Putnam County, at least 18 people died, including several children, and 88 were injured in a 2 mile stretch west of town – the highest death toll in the state from the storm. Yihyun Jeong, USA TODAY, "Minute by minute: How a deadly tornado cut a devastating path across Tennessee," 5 Mar. 2020 The recent dry and unusually stretch warm weather has this year's crop ready a bit earlier than normal. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County, area farmers say recent drought hasn’t stemmed pumpkin supply," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stretch

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stretch

Verb

Middle English strecchen, from Old English streccan; akin to Old High German strecchan to stretch, Old English stræc firm, severe

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Time Traveler for stretch

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The first known use of stretch was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

28 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stretch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stretch. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for stretch

stretch

verb
How to pronounce stretch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stretch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

stretch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stretch (Entry 2 of 3)

: a continuous area or length of land or water
: a continuous period of time
informal : a period of time spent in prison

stretch

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stretch (Entry 3 of 3)

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

stretch

verb
\ ˈstrech How to pronounce stretch (audio) \
stretched; stretching

Kids Definition of stretch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to reach out : extend, spread I stretched my neck to see better.
2 : to pull or draw out in length or width or both : expand, enlarge Don't stretch my sweater.
3 : to extend (as the body) in a flat position I stretched out on the bed.
4 : to extend the body or limbs You should stretch before exercising.
5 : to pull tight Stretch the canvas over a frame.
6 : to cause to reach or continue A wire was stretched between two posts.
7 : exaggerate I think you're stretching the truth.
8 : to become extended without breaking Rubber stretches easily.
9 : to extend over a continuous period His fascination with dinosaurs stretches back to childhood.

stretch

noun

Kids Definition of stretch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of extending or drawing out beyond ordinary or normal limits The story was a stretch of the imagination.
2 : the ability to be pulled or drawn out in length or width or both The fabric has a lot of stretch.
3 : the act or an instance of stretching the body or one of its parts
4 : a continuous extent in length, area, or time a short stretch of beach a long stretch of silence
\ ˈstrech How to pronounce stretch (audio) \

Medical Definition of stretch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to extend in length was told to stretch the leg muscles before running
2 : to enlarge or distend especially by force

intransitive verb

1 : to become extended in length or breadth
2 : to extend one's body or limbs

stretch

noun

Medical Definition of stretch (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of stretching : the state of being stretched a muscle or group of muscles in stretch— C. R. Houck

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